Michele Timms becomes inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

April 9, 2024 | Melbourne Boomers news

In a momentous event for Australian basketball, Michele Timms has been announced as the third Australian to be inducted into the prestigious Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal. This recognition comes as no surprise to those familiar with Timms’ illustrious career, which has left an indelible mark on the sport both nationally and internationally.

Timms’ journey to basketball greatness began when she became the first Australian player to venture into professional basketball overseas, signing with the German team Lotus München in 1989. This move not only showcased her talent but also paved the way for future generations of Australian players to compete on the global stage.

Her time in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury further solidified her status as a basketball icon. Over four seasons, Timms earned a spot in the All-Star game and had her number seven jersey retired, a testament to her impact on the league and the team.

On the international scene, Timms was a key player for the Opals, contributing to their success with a World Cup Bronze, an Olympic Bronze, and an Olympic Silver medal. Her performances on the court consistently displayed her skill, determination, and leadership, making her a beloved figure among fans and fellow athletes alike.

In the domestic arena, Timms left an indelible mark on the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL). She captured five WNBL Championships and was named a WNBL All-Star an impressive seven times, showcasing her dominance and influence within Australian basketball.

Timms’ list of accolades extends beyond her on-court achievements. She has been honored in various halls of fame, including the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, and the FIBA Hall of Fame. Her latest induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame is a crowning achievement, recognizing her as one of the sport’s all-time greats.

While Timms’ legacy is firmly established, her induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame further cements her place in basketball history. Alongside fellow Australians Andrew Gaze and Penny Taylor, Timms represents the pinnacle of Australian basketball talent, inspiring future generations to aim for greatness.

The official enshrinement ceremony for the 2024 Hall of Fame class is scheduled for August 16 in Springfield, Massachusetts, known as the ‘Birthplace of Basketball.’ This historic event will honor Timms’ contributions to the game and celebrate her enduring impact on the basketball community worldwide.