'He is an unsung hero' - Tall Blacks legend Pero Cameron becomes first Kiwi inducted into FIBA Hall of Fame

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Tall Blacks legend and assistant coach Pero Cameron has become the first Kiwi to be inducted into FIBA's Hall of Fame.

Cameron, who is currently with the Tall Blacks at the Asia Cup in Beirut, made his debut for New Zealand in 1994, becoming the captain in 2001 in an international career that spanned 17-years.

In 2002, he led the Tall Blacks to a famous fourth placed finish at the World Championships, as well as gaining a silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Tall Blacks head coach Paul Henare was quick to praise Cameron for his achievement.

"He deserves it. He has just had such an amazing career and done so much for basketball in our country," Henare said.

"Relatively speaking, he is an unsung hero, so to see him get this recognition is amazing. I am extremely proud of him."

Cameron himself was humbled by the news, quickly thanking his loved ones for their support.

"Immediate thoughts go to my family who have supported my career as a player for the last 20-years really," he said.

"Mum and dad (Mata and Stuart), my wife Jennelle and kids Tobias, Flynn and Leila, what they have gone through supporting the athlete chasing his dreams is not easy. The success on the court starts with their support, but also the support of my team mates, coaches – it is endless."

Cameron's official induction will take place at a ceremony in Geneva later next month.

The news was warmly welcomed by the Tall Blacks, who performed a haka in Cameron's honour.

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