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Ian Naismith, grandson of basketball inventor (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)
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February 22, 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!
October 31, 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 5, 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.