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Washington State and seven of its peers in the Pac-12 didn’t get the closure they desperately wanted when the conference decided last Thursday to cancel the remainder of its tournament in Las Vegas, following the lead of others in the college basketball world amid coronavirus worries.
From the warm reconnection with some of his former players on hand to the halftime raising of the banner with his name stitched on it to standing for snapshots with the current Cougars afterward, the good times rolled on Sunday.
George Raveling’s name goes up in those same rafters on Sunday at halftime of the Cougars’ game with rival Washington, and as appropriate as Klay Thompson’s day of tribute was last month, this one’s an even better idea.
Klay Thompson won’t be the only Washington State luminary celebrated by the school this basketball season.
George Raveling met with the media after Washington State's win on "Flashback Friday."
Since leaving Washington State, George Raveling has been inducted into both the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the College Basketball Hall of Fame. He’s battled with sneaker godfather Sonny Vaccaro, written books on coaching and served as Nike’s director for international basketball.
It was a frigid, foggy December Monday, and inside the lifeless Spokane Coliseum the Washington State Cougars were trying – and mostly failing – to commit actual basketball. The old barn was a sad enough place – famed columnist Jim Murray once asked where they stored the dirigible on game nights. But on this evening it was especially grim, as maybe 450 people had sought shelter to watch the Cougs against what was supposed to be a Division II pastry, Eastern Montana College. In the middle of a scoreless first overtime – the Cougs would lose in three – WSU coach George Raveling left his bench and took a knee in front of the press table, presumably for a better view of the inaction at the far end of the floor. Instead, he looked over at two reporters and sighed.
It was a frigid, foggy December Monday, and inside the lifeless Spokane Coliseum the Washington State Cougars were trying – and mostly failing – to commit actual basketball.
George Raveling, the first African-American head coach in Pac-12 history, was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday as a contributor.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It was billed as the “Game of the Century” and Elvin Hayes responded by playing the game of his life. The 6-foot-9 front-liner with the trademark turnaround jumper would go on to a Hall of Fame NBA career, but the signature performance in his basketball life came on a January night in 1968.