A full 10 seasons apart, Alex Hannum laid bookends before the start and after the finish of the Celtics’ eight-year run as NBA champions. Hannum did so as coach of the 1957-58 Hawks and 1966-67 76ers. In his playing days, Hannum was awarded this Helms-Olympic Athletic Foundation medal for his 1945 A.A.U. MVP efforts. The 2-1/4”-diameter, 3.6-oz. gold-colored prize features relief designs and raised lettering commemorating Hannum, who preceded Phil Jackson and Pat Riley as one of the only coaches to win NBA titles with two different teams.
The thick medallion presents beautifully! The obverse showcases a relief likeness of a nude ancient Greek discus thrower with ornate finery along the lower perimeter and “HELMS-OLYMPIC ATHLETIC FOUNDATION” arched along the upper perimeter. On the reverse, a standard raised–letter legend reads: “AWARDED TO IN RECOGNITION OF “WHILE IT IS CONCEDED THAT CONTESTING WELL AND COURAGEOUSLY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WINNING, TRIUMPH IS A WORTHY RESULT FOR WHICH TO STRIVE FAIRLY.” Paul H. Helms – Founder – Helms Athletic Foundation” In the appropriate spots, “Alex Hannun” and “Most Valuable Player All A.U.U. ’45 Basketball” is engraved in elegant cursive font.