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Satch Sanders' HOF contributions

Updated: August 11, 2011, 5:11 PM ET
By Richard Lapchick | Special to ESPN.com

The induction of Tom "Satch" Sanders into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has been a long time coming.

Sanders played 13 season for the Celtics, averaging 9.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game and briefly coached the team in 1977 and 1978. But his greatest contribution to basketball came after as the godfather of "player programs." He set an example for other athletes to stand up for what was right.

He also made an early impression on me. My father, ...

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