CLEVELAND, Ohio – A bevy of Cleveland Cavaliers legends were on the floor at halftime Sunday of the team’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Wayne Embry and Nick Mileti, two members of the Cavs’ inaugural “Wall of Honor” class, were surrounded on the court by players such as Campy Russell, Austin Carr, Dahntay Jones and Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
The Cavs recognized the inaugural Wall of Honor class, which consists of Embry, Mileti, Bill Fitch, the late John Johnson and the late John “Hot Rod” Williams during a Sunday morning induction ceremony and then again at halftime.
Fitch and his family could not be at the ceremony. Johnson was represented by his son Mitch Johnson and Mitch’s daughter. Members of Williams’ family were present to represent the former Cavs big man.
Here’s a look at the inaugural class:
Embry was the first African-American general manager in NBA history, when the Milwaukee Bucks hired him in 1971.
He was brought on to be the Cavs’ general manager in 1986, and he became the first black NBA team president in 1994. As a trail blazer in pro sports, Embry helped lead Cleveland to nine playoff appearances.
“It’s always great to make the playoffs, but it’s greater to win championships,” Embry said.
Embry said he was “overwhelmed with emotion” when he saw Cleveland win the title in 2016. Embry is currently a senior basketball advisor with the reigning champion Toronto Raptors.
Mileti was the Cavs’ first owner in 1970, and the team played in the old Cleveland Arena before moving to the Richfield Coliseum in 1974.
Before Mileti and the group were finished being honored, he was presented with an NBA championship ring from the team’s 2016 title.