Senda Berenson Abbott, L. Margaret Wade (Delta State) and Bertha F. Teague (Oklahoma high schools), the first women inductees, were among seven persons enshrined in the new Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, an $11.4 million structure which opened Sunday in Springfield, Mass. Former players Al Cervi and Nate Thurmond and former coaches W. Harold Anderson and Marv Harshman were the others, bringing Hall membership to 150.
Abbott, an instructor at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., who died in 1954, is credited with organizing the first women's basketball game in March 1893, two years after James Naismith invented the game in Springfield.
"I was never fortunate enough to be on a championship team so this is definitely the greatest thrill of my career," said Thurmond, who retired in 1977 after 14 NBA seasons. Cervi, a premier back-court player, played in the pros 1937-53, winning MVP honors in 1946-47 . . .
Los Angeles Lakers doctors gave a physical to center Bill Walton, the Los Angeles Clippers free agent who may be traded to Boston if Celtics forward Cedric Maxwell's bad knee comes around. Walton has until the end of July to sign an offer sheet with another NBA team; the Lakers are thinking of offering him one, although their General Manager Jerry West says, "There's nothing imminent whatsoever" . . .
The Chicago Bulls have granted Wes Matthews total free agency, agreeing to waive the right of first refusal should another team want to sign the guard who began his NBA career as a first-round draftee of the Washington Bullets in 1980. Matthews appeared in 78 games last season for Chicago, 38 as a starter. The Bulls were his third team since the Bullets traded him to Atlanta for Don Collins in January 1981 . . .
The U.S. Basketball League all-star game, with Bullets' draft pick Manute Bol in action, will be televised by Home Team Sports on a delayed basis Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.