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Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement events underway

10 September 2017

I told them all that when I left: 'We've coached you. It wasn't easy. In the beginning, we didn't get better.

"This is a decision I will never get to regret", he said.

After graduating from Southwick as the then-leading scorer in MA girls basketball history, Lobo went to the University of CT, where she was the Player of the Year for the Huskies during the team's undefeated 1995 season. She mentioned her brother Jason, who played basketball at Dartmouth and is now a judge in CT.

Kansas coach Bill Self was deferential and reverent to his supporters in his Hall of Fame enshrinement speech on Friday night, paying homage to the players, coaches, family and friends who encouraged and believed in him throughout his journey in coaching.

"I couldn't be more excited".

After back-to-back 11-loss seasons, Lobo led the Huskies to the program's first 30-win season as a junior. She's an unbelievable woman, and she's my hero.

Lobo was already a media darling before playing a starring role in the program's defining win over Tennessee on January 16, 1995.

Lobo was part of UConn's first national title-winning women's basketball team in 1995, and the Gold medal-winning US Olympic team in 1996.

When the WNBA started in 1997, Lobo was one of the highest profile players who took part in the league's inaugural season. Her former coach Geno Auriemma will introduce her at the ceremony. But in reality she was brought to the state as much to be a goodwill ambassador for the sport than to pull down rebounds and block shots.

Lobo's career was cut short following a torn anterior cruciate ligament in 1999; she had short stints with the Connecticut Sun and Houston Comets before retiring in 2003. She is a sought after public speaker and a prominent piece of ESPN's women's basketball coverage. "You never know what is going to happen in your life". Lobo said he chose UConn because she wanted to play for Auriemma and Chris Dailey. She is the first former UConn women's basketball player inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. She said that's enough to make her "enormously proud".

"Even when you are in college or you are a pro, you try to do the right thing", Lobo said. "I feel like you should be up here with me. As a player, you don't see it through their eyes".

In addition to praising Cindy for her sacrifices as a coach's wife, his children for how they handled being the coach's kids at a place like KU and his sister for punching a fan who was talking trash on her brother from the stands when he was younger, Self shed some light on the meaning behind his dad's quote that is now etched in stone at the Naismith Coaching Circle Statue in front of the Hall of Fame.

Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement events underway