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Lindsay Gaze inducted into Naismith Hall of Fame

Today marks a momentous day in Australian basketball history, as Lindsay Gaze becomes the first Australian to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is named after James Naismith who invented the sport of basketball back in December 1891 and the Hall of Fame is located in the very town the sport was first played in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Naismith Hall of Fame is a dedicated museum that has been established for over 50 years and promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level. Gaze, who was also admitted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2010, is the first Australian recognised by the Naismith Hall of Fame and just the 10th coach inducted who was born outside of the United States. Gaze’s international career is well documented as Australian head coach in four Olympics and three World Championships and his involvement at state and domestic level is also without peer. His impact on the NBL has been just as profound with the League awarding the annual "Coach of the Year" with the Lindsay Gaze trophy. Gaze was head coach of the Melbourne Tigers from 1970 – 2005, an amazing 35-year span that included the lasted 22 years as a head coach in the NBL. His NBL record reached 651 games from 1984 through 2005 and he was named three-time NBL Coach of the Year in 1989, 1997 and 1999 and famously led the Tigers to Championships in 1993 and 1997. Coaching his son Andrew Gaze in the NBL created an international sports record, not just in basketball but also in all sports in general, as the longest standing father-son partnership at the professional level. NBL Head of Basketball Operations Bret Mactavish said that Australia should be incredibly proud of this historic occasion. "The NBL could not be prouder about Lindsay Gaze’s induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame.  When you look at the names of the members inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame they are impressive to say the least,” said Mr Mactavish. “When you dig deeper and learn about how they all uniquely contributed to the sport of basketball, this is when you begin to realise the extraordinary accomplishments all the members achieved to get there. “Lindsay Gaze has unquestionably earned his nomination and being the first Australian inducted quite simply couldn't have gone to a better or more deserving individual. Lindsey has dedicated his life to basketball and on behalf of the NBL we congratulate Lindsay with his historical entry into the Naismith Hall of Fame."  
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