Hakeem Olajuwon and David Stern lead the 2016 FIBA Hall of Fame class
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Hakeem Olajuwon and David Stern lead the 2016 FIBA Hall of Fame class

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Former NBA Commissioner David Stern and retired legend Hakeem Olajuwon have been honored by FIBA for their contributions to international basketball.

Both men were inducted on Saturday, and are now Hall of Famers for FIBA, and the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Commissioner Stern worked with former FIBA Secretary General Borislav Stankovic in the ’80s and ’90s to ensure NBA players could compete in the global games held every four years.

He spoke to FIBA.com concerning the honor:

I am greatly honored to have been selected for induction into the FIBA Hall of Fame. I am proud of my collaboration with Borislav Stankovic to unite and strengthen basketball on a global basis, which has been continued by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann.

It is also a great honor for me to be inducted with Hakeem Olajuwon and the other class of 2016 inductees who have contributed so much to our game.

On the other hand, Olajuwon played for Team USA‘s Dream Team II in the 1996 Summer Games, and won a gold medal to go along with his two NBA championships as a member of the Houston Rockets.

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