After three decades of waiting for the call from the Hall, NBA champion Bob Dandridge is finally getting his just due.
Dandridge, a Norfolk State University hoops legend who played 13 seasons in the NBA and won two titles, will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Dandridge, 73, was voted in by the Veterans Committee (which requires at least 35 years since retirement for such a distinction) and will join a 2021 Hall of Fame class that includes Chris Bosh, Paul Pierce, Bill Russell (voted in as the first Black head coach in NBA history), Chris Webber and fellow historically Black college alum Ben Wallace, who attended Virginia Union University.
“It’s a shame that it took 30 years for Bob Dandridge to be voted into the Hall of Fame,” Charlie Neal, the longtime signature voice of historically Black college and university (HBCU) sports for Black Entertainment Television and ESPN, said to Zenger News writer Mark Gray in May after the inductees were first announced. “I’m glad the Veterans Committee made up for the sportswriters’ mistakes.”