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NBA reacts to the death of Pat Summitt

NEW YORK — The basketball world lost a giant last night with the passing of Pat Summitt, the legendary former women’s coach at the University of Tennessee. In nearly four decades with the Vols, Summitt collected 1,098 wins, more than any other Division I coach, and was named NCAA Coach of the Year seven times. Summit’s teams won eight National Championships, and in her 38 seasons her teams never finished with a losing record. Summit retired in 2012 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, and dedicated herself to raising funds and awareness in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Summitt was 64 years old.

Many from the NBA and WNBA family reacted on social media to Summitt’s passing…


Pat Summitt dead at age 64

Mar 21, 2015; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Lady Volunteers head coach emeritus Pat Summitt in the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament against the Boise State Broncos at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Pat Summitt watches Tennessee’s women’s NCAA Tournament game against Boise State in 2015.

From staff reports

Former University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, who amassed more than 1,000 career wins at the school and won eight nationl championships there, has died at age 64. The news was first announced via the Pat Summit Foundation’s Twitter account.

Summitt stepped down as coach of the Lady Vols in 2012 after she was diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. Even after stepping down, though, Summitt remained involved with the program, holding the title of head coach emeritus.

Summitt’s son, Ross “Tyler” Summitt, issued the following statement Tuesday morning:

“It is with tremendous sadness that I announce the passing of my mother, Patricia Sue Head Summitt.

She died peacefully this morning at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most.

Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest opponent, early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ and she did so with bravely fierce determination just as she did with every opponent she ever faced. Even though it’s incredibly difficult to come to terms that she is no longer with us, we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease.

She’ll be remembered as the all-time winningest D-1 basketball coach in NCAA history, but she was more than a coach to so many – she was a hero and a mentor, especially to me, her family, her friends, her Tennessee Lady Volunteer staff and the 161 Lady Vol student-athletes she coached during her 38-year tenure.

We will all miss her immensely.”

She had coached the team for 38 seasons, amassing 1,098 wins — which is more than any other Division I coach. She was the NCAA’s coach of the year seven times, played for the U.S. Olympic team in 1976 in the first year of Olympic women’s basketball as the team took home a silver medal.

She also sent 39 players to the WNBA, 15 of whom were first-round picks and produced three No. 1 overall picks as well. Two of her former players, Candace Parker and Tamika Catchings, have won WNBA MVPs.

At the time of her retirement, 78 individuals who were mentored in the UT program by Summitt occupied basketball coaching or administrative positions. Among them is Tennessee’s current coach, Holly Warlick, who played for Summitt from 1976-80 and coached beside her from 1985-2012.

In 2012, Summit was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards.

Born to the late-Richard and Hazel Albright Head on June 14, 1952, in Clarksville, Tenn., Pat was the fourth of five children. After graduating from Cheatham County High in Ashland City in 1970, she went on to the University of Tennessee-Martin, earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1974 and leading the women’s basketball team to two national championship tournaments. At 22, she was named coach of the Lady Vols and success soon followed for her at the school.

After playing in the 1976 Olympics, Summitt went on to coach the U.S. Junior National and U.S. National teams to multiple championships and medals. The crowning moment there came in 1984 when Summitt, as coach of the 1984 U.S. Women’s Olympic team, lead them to the gold medal during the XXIII Olympiad in Los Angeles.

Summitt is survived by her mother, Hazel Albright Head; son, Ross “Tyler” Summitt (AnDe); sister, Linda; brothers, Tommy (Deloris), Charles (Mitzi) and Kenneth (Debbie).

A private service and burial for family and friends will be held in Middle Tennessee. A public service to celebrate her life will take place at Thompson-Boling Arena, on the campus of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Details for the celebration of life will be shared at a later date.

Memorial gifts may be made to The Pat Summitt Foundation by visiting

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 195) Featuring Chamique Holdsclaw

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — From the inside, the world according to basketball star and cultural icon Chamique Holdsclaw has always looked far different from it did to the adoring public.  From her days as a high school phenom in her native New York to her time playing for legendary coach Pat Summitt at Tennessee to her WNBA career (which includes six stints as a WNBA All-Star), Holdsclaw delivered on the court. But few people knew or understood that Holdsclaw was dealing with mental health issues the entire time.

She’s dealing with those issues now in a very public way, working as an advocate for the movement and by sharing her unbelievable story with the masses. She does so on Episode 195 of The Hang Time Podcast andin the form of a documentary of her life titled “Mind/Game”. Narrated by Oscar nominated actress Glenn Close, “Mind/Game” follows Holdsclaw on her journey to discover her true identity and purpose in this next phase of her life. “Mind/Game” premieres April 17 at the Nashville Film Festival.

In addition to talking about the obstacles she’s faced, Holdsclaw also discusses her formative years in Queens playing alongside and with the likes of Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace), Lamar Odom, Erick Barkley and many other familiar names to basketball fans. While her Tennessee Lady Vols did not make the Final Four, her men’s team, the Duke Blue Devils, are still alive. And she explains why Mike Krzyzewski and his crew remain her favorite men’s team.

She shares all that and much more on Episode 195 of The Hang Time Podcast … featuring Chamique Holdsclaw …


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Hall Awards To Be Presented Saturday

Completing one of the unique couple weeks in basketball history, George Raveling will officially be given the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hall of Fame in ceremonies Saturday night in Springfield, Mass., as part of a weekend of festivities that culminate with the Class of 2013 inductions the next day.

The former coach and current director of international basketball at Nike was recently in the news, on the 50th anniversary of the historic address by Martin Luther King Jr., as the owner of the original copy of the “I have a dream” speech. Raveling was a young security volunteer standing steps away from the podium who asked for the written version as King left the podium and King handed it to the assistant coach at Villanova. Raveling has since turned down offers of more than $3 million to sell, the Washington Post reports, and has willed the papers to his children on the condition they do not sell.

Ten days later, he will receive the Hall’s most prestigious honor outside of induction, an award designed to recognize accomplishments that have impacted the game at any level. Previous winners have included players, coaches, contributors, executives from the NBA and college, and even a team, the Harlem Globetrotters in 1999.

Raveling, named the winner in February, was cited for going beyond coaching basketball and working as a mentor to educate players about life. His resume’ includes working as an assistant at Villanova and Maryland before becoming head coach at Washington State, Iowa and USC. He was also an assistant on two U.S. Olympic teams and worked as a television analyst.

Raveling will be saluted during ceremonies that will include Magic Johnson, former Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt and youth-sports advocate Boo Williams receiving the Mannie Jackson-Basketball’s Human Spirit Award. They were singled out from the pro game, the amateur ranks and the “grassroots” level, respectively, for the honor that respectively for the .

Johnson, the former Lakers superstar, was recognized for his community work in Los Angeles and beyond. Summitt’s 2011 announcement that she was battling early-onset dementia, eventually forcing her to retire after eight national championships, raised money and awareness in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Williams founded the Boo Williams Summer League in Virginia in 1982, helped fund the Boo Williams Sportsplex there and is credited with coaching and mentoring more than 2,500 boys and girls.

Also Saturday, Eddie Doucette (electronic) and John Feinstein (print) will be given the Curt Gowdy Media Award. Doucette spent 16 years as the original voice of the Bucks and had covered the NBA as a whole for more than 30 years for various networks. Feinstein authored “A Season on the Brink: A Year with Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers” among many basketball books and has chronicled the game, focusing on the college ranks, most notably for the Washington Post and Sports Illustrated.