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Ian Naismith, grandson of basketball inventor (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)

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March 19, 2018

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March 19, 2018

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January 18, 2018
Well I am very late as I just learned of Ians passing. I met Ian back in 2006. I was his wife's nurse and Ian was so kind and even gave my little boy (at the time) an autographed picture of him and Jordan. I was just telling someone the story the other day. Rest In Peace Ian. God bless.
May 23, 2017
Ian i am doing my best to continue your dreams and your passion - hope you see that i am trying my best friend!
November 01, 2014
I'm completely taken by surprise, did not get the news Ian died. I probably was on the road, and not many in The Netherlands knew him, so nobody informed me later.

I met Ian in 2002 in Indianapolis, when the World Cup took place there. We spent quite some time twice, he signed the books and replica of the original rules with a personal message: "We meet again". I had in the back of my mind that I should bring him over to The Netherlands with his traveling exhibition - I felt people in The Netherlands should see that, meet him.

He told me about the plan to sell the rules, expected to get around 1M for them, he wanted to invest that money in promoting good sportmanship. I tried to follow that process and saw it took much longer than he expected, and the sum was much higher...

He seemd so young and full of energy back then. What a loss! Feel sad...
November 05, 2012
So sorry and so sorry i had not heard sooner. Fortunately I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging with Ian a couple dozen plus times at The Port in Barrington, IL. One of the nicest, greatest and loving men I have ever met. Great story teller too. God Bless him and his foundation.
August 10, 2012
I am afraid I am very late to this message board. Please allow me to express my condolences to the family and loved ones. I met Ian at the RDU airport and we struck up an immediate friendship. We had a few conversations by phone, met one other time and talked about his many project ideas. Our loss is great. Please allow me to offer my services, should there be any way I can help continue his work. I really believed in what he said and how he felt, and not just about basketball. About life. Daniel Allen
July 22, 2012
We were friends for more then 50 years and I miss him everyday. A nicer man can not be found. Jerry Epperly
June 24, 2012
Ian was my friend not a day goes by that I don't think of the good times we had u gave me the nickname Mr Tee lol u wear a true friend thanks for a great time with the little time we had God bless ur soul ur friend Mr Tee aka trell dove
April 16, 2012
I knew Ian the better part of a decade. We worked together on basketball projects and became friends over the course of our business dealings - we lost touch over the last year or so and I just found out today about his passing. He was a strong willed man who believed in the game his grandfather invented and what it stood for - sportsmanship. Hopefully someone will carry on his crusade to keep his grandfather's ideals alive. You will be missed by all who knew you - rest in peace old friend.
April 15, 2012
Ian- I am just now able to write my thoughts to you. My heart is in pieces. In the 39 years that i have been alive, I have never had a friend like you. You were my bestfriend, my confidante, my were my rock. You made me a better person. You made me stronger and able to face things that I didnt always want to. I will forever cherish the good times that we had-from long talks out on your back deck as we watched the sun go down over the ocean to simple days where all we did was grab lunch and pay bills. Haha. I miss you more than you know. You were loved by many and you affected everyones life in some way. I always called you "king midas" because everything and everyone you touched turned to gold. I pick up my phone daily to. call you and then i remember that you no longer will be on the other end to joke and laugh and carry on (boy, did we laugh). You were unfailingly special to my heart and my life and i will never be able to replace my bestfriend. You will always hold that title for as long as I live. I love you with everything I have in me and I vow to keep your memory alive. I'll see you again someday(and I promise to bring my famous banana pudding-lol). I'll meet you at the Ponderosa...but until then, I will fly the "Naismith flag" (haha)proudly in your honor. I love you buddy. You are missed trmendously.
April 10, 2012
Ian...the boys from Hudson-McCoy will miss your always appreciated presence and your love of music. Rest in peace.

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