Moses Malone

After long wait, former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell finally gets his Hall of Fame moment

After long wait, former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell finally gets his Hall of Fame moment

At dinner Thursday night in Springfield, Mass., some of Lefty Driesell’s former players and assistants sat around a table trying to figure out why it took so long for the now-86-year old coach to be selected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

“The conclusion we came to was that he couldn’t hold his speech to five minutes,” former Maryland basketball star Tom McMillen joked Friday, a few hours before Driesell and 12 others gathered at the city’s Symphony Hall for their induction into the game’s greatest shrine.

Speaking without the teleprompter most of the other honorees used, Driesell went a little longer — nearly 15 minutes — in talking about an achievement...

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