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2013 Hall of Fame Attendees for Roger Brown

by Scott Agness | @ScottAgness

September 7, 2013

On Sunday, Roger Brown will finally get his due when he’s inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. His induction marks the third consecutive year that the Pacers have had representation.

Chris Mullin (1997-2000) was enshrined in 2011, and last year, Mel Daniels (1968-1974) and Reggie Miller (1987-2005) each were honored. The ceremony will be Daniels’ first, as he was unable to attend last year’s festivities due a urinary tract disorder.

Both Mel Daniels and Reggie Miller will present Brown, who passed away on March 4 1997. Brown played with the Pacers from 1967-1975, and was officially the first player in history to sign with the Pacers organization.

Pacers President Larry Bird will present Brazilian Oscar Schmidt.

The 2013 Enshrinement Ceremony from Springfield, Mass., will air at 2 p.m. EST on NBA TV. Other inductees include Russ Granik, Richie Guerin, Sylvia Hatchell, Edwin Bancroft Henderson, Bernard King, Guy V. Lewis, Gary Payton, Rick Pitino, Oscar Daniel Bezerra Schmidt, Dawn Staley, and Jerry Tarkanian.

Below is a list of those planning to attend with ties to the Pacers and/or Brown:

  • Jeannie Brown – Roger Brown’s second wife.
  • Gayle Brown Mayes – Brown’s daughter (and Jeannie’s daughter).
  • Carolyn Jeffries – Brown’s first wife.
  • Roger Brown Jr. – Brown’s son (and Carolyn’s son).
  • Judy Brown – Brown’s sister.
  • Mel Daniels – a 2012 inductee.
  • Reggie Miller – a 2012 inductee; he’ll present the late Roger Brown.
  • Freddie Lewis – a Pacers teammate with Brown.
  • Bob "Slick" and Nancy Leonard – Brown’s former coach.
  • Larry Bird – the Pacers President of Basketball Operations and a 1998 inductee.
  • Donnie Walsh – former Pacers president, now consultant.
  • Frank Vogel – Pacers head coach; he’s primarily there to support Rick Pitino, his mentor who’s being inducted as well.
  • David and Cheryl Craig – Former Pacers trainer for more than 35 years.
  • Ike Thornton – Brown’s AAU teammate from Dayton.
  • Arlena Smith – the generous woman in Dayton who took Roger Brown in when he needed it decades ago.
  • Howie Rosenstein – Brown’s high school coach.
  • Ed Bonach – President of CNO Financial Group, Bankers Life's parent company.
  • More than 15 of Brown’s high school friends and teammates.

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