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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Does the NBA lockout have you down?  Well, if you plan on being in driving distance of Springfield, Massachusetts, head over to the Basketball Hall of Fame!

When you arrive off of I-91, you will find the most unusual building and there won’t be any mistaking you have reached your destination since the large titanium basketball or the 136 foot sphere spinning a bright orange basketball will give it away!  It is suggested that you start your visit on the third floor, but good luck because once your kids see the action on the courts as you walk in, it will be hard to follow protocol.

As we approached the entrance we could hear a rhythm from the bouncing balls.  The hardwood court was lined with hoops ranging from a peach basket to the traditional hoops that we find on any court today.  The day we went, my son and his friend were able to participate in a free basketball clinic run by the men’s team from UMass.

The second floor is dedicated to many exhibits of sports memorabilia and there are several interactive exhibits that made the day a lot of fun.  The boys also loved the short Michael Jordon film and Nike exhibit.  Of course I enjoyed the area dedicated to college basketball.  I can never get enough of the LSU Tigers, just ask my son.

Silly Boys

Go LSU!

Need to grow a little more

Learning about the media side of sports

The Honor’s Ring on the third floor is where you will find the Hall of Famers.  Currently the Naismith Memorial Basketball of Fame has inducted 313 players, coaches, referees, teams and contributors.  The biographies are a great way to teach self-discipline and persistence to your kids.

If there is a basketball fan in your household, this is a great place to visit and about the only place you will be able to experience a little NBA action until the lockout ends.  So with winter upon us, hit the road to honor James Naismith who invented basketball and shoot some hoops!

JUMP

Hoops for all ages

Basketball Hall of Fame

My foot inside Shaq's footprint

Playing Basketball during the free clinic

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