Artis Gilmore Rumors

Artis Gilmore and Stan Albeck, key figures on the early 1980s Spurs teams that could never quite get past the hated Los Angeles Lakers, will headline the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014. Also slated for induction are the late Joe Straus, Sr., a former Spurs investor and standout athlete, and the 2009 McAllister Park team that reached the Little League World Series. The induction ceremony will be held Feb. 1 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
Ask Joakim Noah what making his first All-Star team would mean to him, and his answer reveals why he has a solid chance to become the first Bulls center to do so since Artis Gilmore. “When you start thinking about individual accolades and stuff like that, you take away from what’s important,” Noah said. “And that’s the game and playing the right way and playing for your teammates. “In the NBA especially, you can get caught up in that stuff very easily — your contract, your playing time, individual things. The great teams, the teams that are about championships, they don’t play that way.”
Although Gilmore spent only five of 17-season professional career with the Silver and Black, his career in the ABA leaves him among those players who Spurs Nation watched from the very beginning of the team’s history in 1973. And his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame will be just as poignant as any other former Spurs player when he joins the group later this summer season after a 23-season gap since his retirement. Gilmore had some interesting comments in an expansive interview over the weekend with Florida Today.
Some of Gilmore’s drive to succeed came from overcoming obstacles came during his youth. Gilmore tells the story about picking vegetables and fruits as a teenager because his family couldn’t afford his size-13 shoes. “We had a high number of kids, almost 10 kids, one did not survive, and my father had no way of providing for his family,” Gilmore said about his youth that was spent in a three-room house in Chipley, Fla. “I worked in the fields, just trying to generate enough money to survive, or to buy school clothing. You’d work daily all day long just to make two dollars. You’d start at three o’clock in the morning and work to sundown and if you’re lucky — if you’re lucky — you could make 2 to 3 dollars.”
Former Chicago Bulls center Artis Gilmore, recently selected to the 2011 class of the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame, says he plans to invite President Barack Obama to present him for induction in August. General protocol for the Basketball Hall of Fame involves having an incumbent Hall of Famer present the new inductee.”I haven’t selected anybody as of yet,”Gilmore told the Tribune Friday from his home in Jacksonville, Fla. “I am just taking a little bit of time and it certainly has to be a Hall of Famer… but I thought I would extend an invitation to President Obama.”
Coaches Tex Winter, innovator of the “Triangle” offense, Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer and Philadelphia University’s Herb Magee are part of the class announced Monday at the Final Four in Houston. Longtime NBA and ABA star Artis Gilmore, former Portland TrailBlazers center Arvydas Sabonis and Olympic gold medalist Teresa Edwards also will be inducted. They are joined by Harlem Globetrotter Reece “Goose” Tatum and Boston Celtic Tom “Satch” Sanders.