Enshrinement in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. is the sport’s ultimate individual achievement. This weekend’s induction will feature two ESPN on-air personalities who are being honored for their careers and contributions to the game: Rebecca Lobo and Tracy McGrady.
Lobo, an ESPN women’s basketball analyst (college, WNBA) since 2004, led the University of Connecticut to its first women’s basketball title (1995), was a WNBA All-Star and captured an Olympic Gold Medal in 1996. McGrady joined ESPN in 2016 as a studio analyst appearing on The Jump, NBA Countdown, SportsCenter and more. He was a seven-time NBA All-Star whose career included stints in Toronto, Orlando, Houston and Atlanta.
Lobo and McGrady join a distinguished list of Hall of Famers, which includes other ESPN personalities Hubie Brown (Class of 2005), Scottie Pippen (2010), Dick Vitale (2008) and Bill Walton (1993). Additionally, the Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award has recognized ESPN on-air voices Jay Bilas (2016), Brown (2000), Doug Collins (2009), Jackie MacMullan (2010) and Vitale (1998).
Vitale, who has been an ESPN college basketball analyst since the company’s first year (1979) after a career in coaching, was inducted into the Hall in the “contributor” category.