Fever Raise Banner To Commemorate Dunn's Legendary Career

By Wheat Hotchkiss | August 16, 2014

2014 has been a year to remember for Indiana Fever head coach Lin Dunn.

Dunn was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in June. And as she's progressed through what will be her final season in coaching, Dunn has been honored at several cities across the WNBA.

On Saturday night, Dunn was honored once again — this time in front of her home crowd — at the Fever's final home game of the regular season. Before the Fever tipped off against the Chicago Sky, center court briefly became center stage. Pacers Sports & Entertainment President Jim Morris, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, PS&E Chief Operating Officer Rick Fuson, and Fever President and General Manager Kelly Krauskopf took turns briefly addressing Dunn and the near-capacity crowd in an emotional ceremony.

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Morris spoke first, expressing heartfelt appreciation and admiration for Dunn as a coach and a person. At the end of his remarks, Morris presented Dunn with two first-class plane tickets to anywhere in the world.

Mayor Ballard spoke next, reading an official proclamation that listed Dunn's many accomplishments — including her Hall of Fame induction, 2012 WNBA Championship, and WNBA-record seven consecutive playoff appearances — before declaring Aug. 16, 2014 as "Lin Dunn Day" in the city of Indianapolis.

Fuson then thanked Dunn for all she has given the organization, including the first WNBA championship banner in franchise history. Fuson also had a gift for Dunn: a new laptop.

Finally, Krauskopf spoke to her longtime friend and colleague. Krauskopf reflected back to when she first brought Dunn on as head coach in 2008.

"I knew I hired somebody that was in it with me," Krauskopf said. "…I can’t tell me how much you mean to me.”

Krauskopf then revealed the biggest surprise of the night, directing Dunn's attention to the southeast corner of the arena, where a new banner reading "Coach Lin Dunn, Hall of Fame" was raised next to the 2012 championship banner. It is the first banner to be raised for any coach or player in the history of the Fever franchise.

What better way to cap a year to remember than with a night no one in attendance will ever forget?

"The pregame ceremony was awesome," Dunn said after the game. "It was touching, it was overwhelming...I'm just grateful that I've had the opportunity to be here for 10-plus years."