The New York City Basketball Hall of Fame held its 28th annual induction ceremony Tuesday night at the Bryant Park Grill in Manhattan honoring eight of the city’s former hoop stars.
The evening was hosted by longtime radio personality Bill Daughtry and headlined by Lamar Odom, a native of South Jamaica Queens who established himself as a prodigy at Christ the King Regional High School before becoming a two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The other inductees were Boys High and Harlem Globetrotters legend Jackie Jackson; Bob Williams, co-founder of the NYC Hall of Fame; Kevin Stacom, who won an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics in 1976; Ron Behagen, a first-round draft pick of the NBA’s Kansas City Omaha Kings in 1973; Steve Lappas, who served as the men’s head coach at Manhattan College, Villanova and the University of Massachusetts; Anne Gregory O’Connell, who scored 2,548 career points and grabbed 1,999 career rebounds playing for Fordham University from 1976 to 1980; and Larry Lembo, who ended his career at Manhattan College in 1965 as the school’s all-time leading scorer (1,443) and later became a highly regarded collegiate official.
“To think about all of the great players from New York City who are in this hall of fame, to now be a part of this group is truly amazing,” said Behagen, a graduate of Dewitt Clinton High School in the Bronx.
“I played basketball for the pure love of the game and never thought I’d be taking a place among so many greats,” said O’Connell, who was a scholastic standout at Monsignor Scanlan High School in the Bronx before setting several records at Fordham.
“This is an honor I will truly cherish,” she added as she will now forever stand alongside members of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame’s inaugural 1990 class, which includes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Red Auerbach.