Shaquille O’Neal and Allen Iverson will be inducted into the 2016 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame later this year, officials announced on Monday, April 4th in Houston.
O’Neal and Iverson are two of 10 members who will be enshrined in the hall of fame Sept. 8-10 during festivities in Springfield, Mass. Hall of fame officials announced the induction during the 2016 Final Four NCAA Men’s Final Four.
Iverson, an 11-time NBA All-Star (2000-06, 2008 and 2009) played 14 NBA seasons, averaging 26.7 points and 6.2 assists per game. A native of Hampton, Va., Iverson attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. from 1994-1996, where he set a school record for career scoring. He was a First Team All-American in 1996. Iverson played in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Shaquille O’Neal was a four-time NBA Champion in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2006. O’Neal played 19 years in the NBA, averaging 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots per game. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.
O’Neal, who is part owner of the Sacramento Kings of the NBA, earned a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University. He has discussed studying for his law degree. And he has worked in law enforcement. When he was not playing on the basketball court, it was possible he was escorting a suspect to court.
O’Neal is a 1996 Olympic gold medalist and a member of the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. He also has acted in movies, and he is a rapper.
The other hall of fame inductees are referee Darrell Garretson, coachTom Izzo, Sheryl Swoopes, six-time WNBA star, Jerry Reinsdorf, owner of the Chicago Bulls, Yao Ming, a Chinese player who earned All-Rookie honors as a member of the Houston Rockets, John McLendon, three-time NBA finals MVP, Cumberland Posey who played from the early 1900s to the mid-1920s, and Zelmo Beatty, a two-time NBA All Star and three-time American Basketball Association All Star.