Former Cavalier nominated for Hall of Fame

Former Cavalier nominated for Hall of Fame

Posted On: 01/22/20

For the third year in a row, former KCC basketball player LaMont Robinson has been nominated alongside a number of NBA legends for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Robinson–sometimes called "The Comedy King of Basketball," and "Showboat"–already was inducted into the American Basketball Hall of Fame (2019).

Robinson played for the Cavaliers under Coach Denny Lehnus during the 1981-82 season. He transferred to Central State University. Robinson had a professional playing career of 28 years  playing barnstorming basketball in over 75 countries and played in over 3,000 games with the Harlem Globetrotters and his own teams "ShowBoat" Robinson's Harlem Road Kings and "ShowBoat" Robinson's Harlem Clowns. He is shown at left, with Meadowlark Lemon.

In a news release, Robinson said it is a great honor to be the only non-NBA player on this year's nominee list, which includes players like Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Chris Bosh, Shawn Marion, Michael Finley, Tamika Catchings and Swin Cash.

"I feel like I have already been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame," Robinson added. "Just being nominated not just once but for three years in a row is a blessing. I look at all the great players that played in the NBA that haven't even been nominated, so for me who didn't play in the NBA I am so honored and I owe a lot of this to coach Lehnus and his coaching."                                                                                                                                                    A first look at the list of eligible nominees was provided by The Jump on ESPN, hosted by Rachel Nichols, Zach Lowe, Kendrick Perkins and Class of 2010 Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen.

A press conference announcing the Finalists from the North American and Women’s committee for the Class of 2020 will be held during NBA All-Star Weekend in February in Chicago. The entire Class of 2020 will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta in early April, and the enshrinement ceremony will take place in Springfield, Mass., Saturday, Aug. 29.