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Herb Simon, the owner of the Indiana Pacers, is a finalist for Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s class of 2024



Indianapolis, Indiana – Herb Simon, the owner of the Indiana Pacers, is one of the nominees for the 2024 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Simon is the NBA owner with the longest tenure in history, according to the league website. The squad was purchased 41 years ago, in 1983, by Herb Simon and his brother Mel Simon.

Indiana has won the NBA’s Central Division five times since Simon acquired the team. In 2000, the Pacers won the Eastern Conference.

In 1999, Simon assisted the team in relocating from Market Square Arena to Gainbridge Fieldhouse. When the Pacers originally started playing there, the arena was known as Conseco Fieldhouse.

During Simon’s leadership, the Pacers also managed to secure a $362 million, three-year makeover of Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

A committee will review the 14 finalists that the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame revealed today. At the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four in Phoenix on April 6, the class of 2024 will formally be named.

Among the other finalists for the class of 2024 are former NBA player and coach Doug Collins, NBA player and executive Jerry West, retired NBA player and Slam Dunk Contest champion Vince Carter, and former Pistons guard and NBA Champion Chauncey Billups.

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