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.”
Brown hired Gilmore as his ambassador for sports, entertainment and physical fitness. Earning $60,000 a year, Gilmore will work to attract more sporting events to the city and serve as a public health advocate.
Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown brought on one of his most costly new hires Monday, appointing Jacksonville University’s athletic director as the city’s director of sports and entertainment. Monday’s announcements also included the hiring of NBA Hall of Famer Artis Gilmore and the promotion of Tonisha Landry- Gaines. JU’s Alan Verlander, making $179,416 a year, will be the fourth-highest-paid city employee, making more than Brown.
It was way too long a wait. But Gilmore doesn’t care. “I have a 14-year-old son,” Gilmore said. “I wanted him to experience it. On the other hand, of course, my mother was a double amputee and we said goodbye to her in 2004. My mother, she was a significant part of my life and absolutely, I would have liked her to be here. But it’s a great moment, for me and my family.”