Porgtland Trail Blazers founder Harry Glickman will be honored by the Naismath Basketball Hall of Fame this year.

Glickman will receive the 2019 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to basketball. Glickman that convinced the NBA in 1970 to grant Portland an expansion franchise that would eventually become the Trail Blazers.

Executives from the Hall of Fame made the announcement in Charlotte today during NBA All Star Weekend.

The Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award was instituted by the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Board of Trustees in 1973.  Named in honor of Hall of Famer John W. Bunn, the first Chairman of the Basketball Hall of Fame Committee who served from 1949-64, the award honors coaches, players, and contributors whose outstanding accomplishments have impacted the high school, college, professional and/or international game.