To Our Basketball Family

Deep in our hearts a memory is kept, Of those we loved and shall never forget.

Herb Turetzky

 
Herb Turetzky Born and raised in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, Herb Turetzky’s lifelong basketball odyssey began in 1955 with the building of the Brownsville Boys Club. It was there that he began learning the game while play­ing for the BBC’s Junior Team and watching games between some of the most competitive adult teams in the Northeast.

During his years at the BBC, Herb played on neighborhood teams that traveled throughout New York City, winning tournaments and leagues. The apex of his club basketball career came when his teams won the New York City cham­pionships in both the PAL (1961) and Daily Mirror- Department of Parks (1960) leagues, with the Mirror championship game being played on the home court of the NBA’s Knicks. During his senior year at Long Island University, the American Basketball Association was formed, and Herb became the Official Scorer for the NJ Americans, remaining with the franchise as they became the New York Nets. Throughout his 38-year stint with the franchise, Herb has served as the Official Scorer for NBA games in Japan, Mexico City, and Canada, for years scoring the NBA’s Hall of Fame exhibition game in Springfield, Massachusetts. While building his career as the NBA’s preeminent Official Scorer, Herb also coached touring teams in Israel, Greece, Belgium and France, winning the prestigious Tournoi Internationals in 1984. Herb also served for twelve years as a teacher and administrator in the Ocean Hill-Brownsville neighbor­hood of Brooklyn, before embarking on his current career as owner/operator of Crown Trophy in Bayside, Queens. He and his wife Jane, recently retired as a Special Education Health Coordinator, are the proud parents of Jennifer, a Ph.D. candidate in school psychology at Fordham, and David, a collegiate assistant basketball coach who has recently joined the family business. Following his induction into the National Pro-Am Hall of Fame (2001) and the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame (2004), Herb is extremely proud to be joining fellow Brooklynites Tony Jackson, Connie Hawkins, and Roger Brown, among others, in the prestigious Brooklyn USA Basketball Hall of Fame. For someone who began his career in basketball a half century ago in his home borough, there can be no honor more fitting and meaningful.

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