Nick Galis Inducted Into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
This weekend, Nick Galis received the honor of being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
On Saturday, Nick Galis became the first Greek and only the sixth non-NBAer to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The “Gangster” of Greek Basketball was the inductee of the “International Category” of the Class of 2017.
Galis was first nominated for the Hall of Fame in 2013, however he was surpassed by Oscar Schmidt. In 2014, Sarunas Marciulionis was the inductee for the international category while Lindsay Gaze received the honor in 2015. Last year, Galis was once again a nominee, but Yao Ming was named to the Class of 2016.
This year was Galis’ year to be officially apart of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in the International category, which includes players that do not come from the United States. The other nominees included Tal Brody, Jackie Chazalon, Vlade Divac, Semen Khalipski, Vladimir Kondrashin, Toni Kukoc, Marcos Leite, Aldo Ossola, Amaury Pasos, Dino Radja, Manuel Sainz, Togo Soares, and Ranko Zeravica.
In an official tweet the Basketball Hall of Fame welcomed Galis saying “Known for his great scoring ability and as the greatest player in Greek history, we welcome @ARISBCgr legend Nick Galis.”
In addition to Galis, the 11 member Class of 2017 included Zack Clayton, Nikos Galis, Mannie Jackson, Tom Jernstedt, Jerry Krause, Rebecca Lobo, George McGinnis, Tracy McGrady, Muffet McGraw, Robert Hughes, and Bill Self.
After receiving the honor, Galis tweeted “The highest honor in one of the greatest moments of my life. I am thankful.”
Galis was congratulated by multiple people and organizations including the Hellenic Basketball Federation (EOK) stating “Nick Galis once again was named to an elite group of World Basketball, as he was officially announced into the Hall of Fame Class of 2017. The Hellenic Basketball Federation is delighted to hear the news as this is an honor for all of Greek Basketball. It is yet another honor for Galis, after his induction into the FIBA Hall of Fame.”
Greece’s current basketball star Giannis Antetokounmpo also sent his warm wishes to Galis, tweeting “Congratulations to the great Nick Galis who is now a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame. I wish one day we can catch him.”
The official induction ceremony will take place on September 7-9th in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Description of Nick Galis from the official Naismith Hall of Fame website: Nick Galis is widely considered the greatest basketball player in Greek history, in addition to being voted Greece’s best all-around athlete in 1986 and 1987. He led ARIS of Thessaloniki to seven straight Greek League championships and eight overall (1983, 1985-91). Galis won a European Championship gold medal and European Championships MVP in 1987, while also taking home silver in 1989. He led the Greece A-1 League in scoring a record 12 straight seasons, averaging 33.4 points per game in his career. Galis was named one of FIBA’s 50 Greatest Players in 1991, and is a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame (2007). He played collegiately at Seton Hall and was inducted into the Seton Hall Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991.