MacMullan, Tait to be honored

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Longtime Boston Globe reporter and ESPN.com columnist Jackie MacMullan and longtime Cleveland Cavaliers radio play-by-play announcer Joe Tait will receive the Curt Gowdy Media Awards from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

MacMullan is the first woman to receive the honor in its 21-year history.

The awards are presented annually to members of the print and electronic media who made a significant contribution to the game of basketball.

MacMullan collaborated with Larry Bird and Magic Johnson on a book released last year, "When the Game Was Ours." Tait is in his 38th season covering the NBA.

The awards will be presented Aug. 12, a day before the Class of 2010 is enshrined into the Hall in Springfield, Mass.

Tait broke in with the Cavs in their 1970 expansion season. He has witnessed decades of losing seasons, the team's improbable first playoff series win in 1976 and the arrival of two-time MVP LeBron James.

"I've had a great run here," Tait said before calling Game 5 of the NBA playoffs between Cleveland and Boston. "It all started at the old Cleveland Arena. I will always remember the 'Miracle of Richfield' season [when the Cavs rallied to eliminate Washington in the first round] and now we have the LeBron years and I saw this team make the Finals."

Tait, who plans to retire after next season, left the Cavs briefly for jobs in New Jersey and Chicago. He also spent 16 years with the Cleveland Indians.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.