Jim Gray to receive inaugural Perception Media Award from Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Standing

By | February 16, 2020

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Sportscaster and Fox News contributor Jim Gray is space to receive the inaugural “Perception Media Award” at some level of Enshrinement Weekend in leisurely August for his achievements in sports reporting over the final 40 years.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Standing previewed the award in a press free up on Friday and praised Gray for his unfamiliar vogue.

“The Perception Media Award honors an individual or group that has consistently probed into salient components and introduced a various, provoking and non-faded perspective to fans, participants and patrons of carrying news,” they said. “This award honors an individual or group that is dauntless in the pursuit of though-provoking but imperative recount and thereby supplies a distinctive standpoint.”

Gray, who’s identified for interviewing athletes equivalent to boxer Mike Tyson and basketball stars Lebron James and Michael Jordan, spoke with Fox News in regards to the award and said it felt surreal to be receiving it.

“It be a colossal honor and I am in actual fact precise grateful and so appreciative of having the potential to accept as true with this happen and [am grateful] to the oldsters of the Hall of Standing,” he said Saturday.


“It makes you watched of the total colossal athletes and coaches who allowed me to interview them thousands of instances and in an effort to undercover agent their achievement and excellence up shut, and in an effort to myth it and discuss with them and acquire to know them — It be practically an indescribable feeling of enjoyment in an effort to accept as true with this recognition,” he added.

Gray, who has interviewed each president since Richard Nixon, thanked those who’ve helped him at some level of his profession and said he would by no draw had been succesful of be triumphant in such heights by himself.

“No one does something in television and radio by themselves. No one,” he said.

“I’ve had comparatively plenty of assist. No longer most effective from all of the players and coaches and directors in the NBA and the Final Fours, NCAA, but additionally all of the colossal broadcasters who I’ve worked with and been a aspect of their team — producers, directors, graphics, cameramen, researchers, all people,” he Gray said.

He met his wife Frann through used Detroit Pistons coach Chuck Daly and said he owed a colossal deal of his private happiness to the oldsters he linked with on the job. He additionally expressed a particular fondness for his friend, the leisurely Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash final month alongside with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others.

“I accept as true with assist to the total colossal friendships in basketball that accept as true with come from being succesful of quilt these guys,” Gray persisted. “Julius Erving. Chuck Daly introduced me to my wife. Julius become my most fascinating friend from my early days in Philadelphia — to the special relationships that I’ve had with Bill Walton over the years and Kobe Bryant, who let me interview him a full bunch upon a full bunch of instances. It be been an extraordinary plod.”


Gray said he aloof retains the describe from the final interview Byrant did with him, in his Los Angeles Lakers uniform.

“I purchased a describe on my desk of the final interview that Kobe Bryant ever did in his uniform,” he said. “And it says ‘from the key to the final — like you brother. Kobe 24.'”

When requested what his well-liked moment in reporting become once, Gray struggled to grab precise one but listed many marquee moments, from Lebron’s first game to Jordan’s final.

He then recalled his admiration for the leisurely sportscaster Curt Gowdy, whom the award is being given in honor of, and praised him as his childhood feature model.

“I grew up in Denver. Curt Gowdy become once doubtlessly the key articulate in my head as a teen, looking at AFL games in Denver as a Bronco fan,” Gray said. “To map shut the Curt Gowdy award… Which draw loads to me. On fable of it displays to me, somebody who I precise appeared up to at a truly early age — admired and revered. I often understanding, ‘Would no longer’ that be colossal to be like Curt Gowdy.'”


Gray has worked more than 25 NBA Finals, 20 NBA All-Big title Video games and more than 20 NCAA Final Fours. He has won 12 Emmys for his work.

The Perception Media Award will be presented to him at some level of the weekend of Aug. 28-30.

Sportswriter and commentator Michael Wilbon and NBA play-by-play commentator Mike Breen will be receiving the Curt Gowdy Media Award on that identical weekend.