I am a senior at Springfield College, majoring in Communications/Sports Journalism. Basketball's hall of fame is conveniently located in Springfield, Mass. The inductions were held last Friday, Sept. 7. One of the journalism professor's here, Marty Dobrow, has connections because of his involvement with the Boston Globe and other local media outlets.
So he had some of his students help out on Friday morning.
Our duties included signing the media in and handing these individuals their press passes and guiding them to the conference room.
I have to say that by far the best experience for me was waiting to escort people up to the conference room and encountering two women. They needed to be shown the way, but one wanted to wait for "Dominique." As I led the other individual to the conference room, only one thought was in my mind.
To my delight when I came back to the meeting place there stood the second woman along with one of the 50 greatest basketball players ever, Dominique Wilkins.
Since I was there helping a professor out, I remained as professional as possible and didn't interact with Wilkins besides the standard, "How are you" and "right this way, sir" quotes.
After guiding everyone to the conference room, all of the inductees were given their Hall of Fame jackets.
The "stars" being inducted included Phil Jackson, Roy Williams, and the Texas Western Basketball team (Wilkins has previously been inducted. He was there for an organization he is helping to build.).
After the induction the media was granted about an hour to mosey around and interview anyone possible. Jackson and Williams were targeted the most, so I didn't get a good listen at either man. I did notice though at just how tall Jackson is, and how he was walking around the conference with the benefit of a cane.
Van Chanceller, the former WNBA coach and now the head coach at LSU, came off as a true professional. He was quite animated in his discussion with all media, whether it be a local beat writer or a national columnist.
Overall, I had a great time just taking everything in at the Basketball Hall of Fame. And hey, standing in an elevator with one of the game's greatest for two minutes isn't something you can do everyday in college either, now is it?