He started in Cleveland and will finish in Springfield.
Former Cavaliers coach Bill Fitch was announced Saturday as one of the 12 honorees in the 2019 class of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Cavs hired Fitch as their first coach in 1970. He guided the team for nine years, including the 1975-1976 Miracle of Richfield season at the Coliseum when the Cavs made the NBA playoffs.
Fitch resigned in 1979 and led the Boston Celtics to the 1981 championship, and he still holds the franchise's best winning percentage at .738. He later coached at the Houston Rockets, New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Clippers.
The class will be enshrined at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., on Sept. 6. Selected this year with Fitch were Sacramento Kings General Manager Vlade Divac, one of the pioneering Eastern Europeans in the NBA, along with NBA players Carl Braun, Chuck Cooper, Bobby Jones, Sidney Moncrief, Jack Sikma and Paul Westphal, NBA contributor Al Attles, WNBA player Teresa Weatherspoon, the 1957-59 teams from Tennessee A&I and the Wayland Baptist University program, which was among the first in the nation to award women's scholarships.
Bucks star rests
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo missed Saturday's game against the Brooklyn Nets because of an injured left calf.
The Bucks have clinched the best record in the NBA and the top seeding in the Eastern Conference. Coach Mike Budenholzer said Antetokounmpo experienced soreness in his calf following a 128-122 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday night.
The Nets, who won 133-128, are battling for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference and have two games left. The Nets moved into sixth place in the East. Orlando also is 40-40, and Detroit is a half-game back with a 39-40 record.
Jimmy Butler sore
The Philadelphia 76ers held guard Jimmy Butler out of their game against the Chicago Bulls because of back tightness.
Butler, who spent his first six seasons in Chicago, has now missed back-to-back games and three of the past four. He was hurt in the Sixers' win at Minnesota on March 30 when he missed an alley-oop lob from Ben Simmons. Butler has averaged 18.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 64 games for Minnesota and Philadelphia.
All-Star center Joel Embiid was in the lineup for the second straight game after missing the previous three. He has been dealing with a sore left knee, and the Sixers are also managing his workload with the playoffs approaching.