With the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies approaching this Friday, former NBA coach Bill Fitch announced that he won’t be in attendance due to health issues.
Fitch coached for several college programs and NBA franchises. His most memorable years came in Boston when he led the historic team to a championship in 1981.
During his career, Fitch won the NBA Coach of the Year award twice and made numerous trips to the postseason.
Larry Bird was going to accompany Fitch at the enshrinement ceremony prior to this development. He’ll still represent his former coach on Friday, but he won’t be able to share that moment by his side.
It’s unfortunate that Fitch can’t be at the ceremony. However, Bird should be able to make his former coach proud with his speech.
The other inductees from this class can be seen here.
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“Unfortunately, I am unable to be in Springfield, Mass. for the enshrinement festivities as I am physically unable to travel and under doctors care,” Fitch said in a statement. “I sincerely appreciate the honor of being recognized by the Basketball Hall of Fame and know my daughter Marcyann and her husband Ron will represent me well, alongside my esteemed presenter, Larry Bird.”
The enshrinement ceremony will take place at Springfield Symphony Hall.