Celtics legends, Pierce, Russell, and Gorman to be inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WLNE)-Three Boston Celtics legends will be heading to the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Paul Pierce, Bill Russell, and Mike Gorman will all be inducted together as members of the Hall of Fame class of 2021.
Pierce, the longtime Celtic captain, played 15 seasons in Boston, leading the franchise to its 17th NBA championship in 2008.
He totaled 26,397 points during his NBA career, the 19th most in NBA history.
The Truth played 1,102 games with Boston during his 15 seasons, the third most by any Celtic player. He sits second on the franchise’s leading scorer list, only behind John Havlicek.
Russell, already inducted as a player in 1975, will be inducted as a coach this time around.
He became the league’s first ever African-American head coach in 1966, when he became a player-coach as a member of the Celtics.
Russell also coached the Seattle Supersonics from 1973-1977 and the Sacramento Kings during the 1987-88 season.
Gorman, this year’s Curt Gowdy Electronic Media Award recipient, has been the play-by-play voice of the C’s for 40 seasons starting in 1981.
He’s given life to iconic moments throughout the team’s history, such as Larry Bird’s steal against Detroit in 1987, Pierce’s numerous game winners, and Jayson Tatum’s 60-point performance last season.
Prior to landing the Celtics job, Gorman called games for both Providence College and the University of Rhode Island.
The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday and can be watched on NBA TV.