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    Announced today! Congratulations to Chris Mullin, Dennis Rodman, Tara VanDerveer, Teresa Edwards, Arvydas Sabonis, Artis Gilmore, Reese "Goose" Tatum, Herb Magee, Tom "Satch" Sanders, and Tex Winter for induction this year. About freakin' time the A-Train got his due.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=6289323
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    An utter shame Tex Winters won't be around in Springfield to bask in the glow of his much-deserved Naismith Hall of Fame induction that should've been years earlier. The triangle is an important part of the development in basketball.
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    The new Naismith Class of 2012 was announced today on NCAA Championship day. Reggie Miller(who many felt should have went on the first ballot), Don Nelson, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes, Katrina McClain, Hank Nichols, Mel Daniels, Chet Walker, Don Barksdale, Lydia Alexeeva, Phil Knight, and (a real nice addition) the All-American Redheads. Surprising that Louisville coach Rick Pitino was not inducted this year.

    http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/77...call-hall-fame

    Don't worry. I'll link the induction speeches from last year's class.
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    The Hall of Fame needs Silk... and a 20ft lay-up.

    Congratulations to Jamaal 'Silk' Wilkes on his induction to Naismith, it's long time coming but thoroughly deserved. Now all he needs is his #52 jersey retired by the Lakers, and I believe that is coming next season.

    One of the finest players I saw growing up, overshadowed by Kareem and Magic in a very strong Lakers roster, but he was a valuable contributor for 8 seasons with one of the smoothest shooting actions I've seen.

    Congratulations to the other inductees as well.
    Capitals, Cannons & Lakers

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    2013 Naismith Hall of Fame Class--the 12 finalists

    --five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway*
    --three-time National Coach of the Year Sylvia Hatchell*
    --two-time NBA Championship coach Tom Heinsohn*
    --nine-time NBA All-Star Gary Payton*
    --five-time WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley*
    --six-time NBA All-Star Mitch Richmond*
    --four-time NBA All-Star Maurice Cheeks
    --four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood
    --four-time NBA All-Star Bernard King
    --five-time NCAA Final Four coach Guy Lewis
    --six-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino
    --four-time NCAA Final Four coach Jerry Tarkanian

    Brazillian scoring legend Oscar Schmidt (International), Roger Brown (ABA), Edwin B. Henderson (Early African American Pioneers), Richard Guerin (Veterans), and Russ Granik (Contributor Direct Election) all are the initial members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

    The Class of 2013 will be unveiled at the NCAA Final Four in April.

    *first time inductee. Heinsohn is already enshrined as a player.

    http://www.hoophall.com/news/2013/2/...-12-final.html
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    Looks as though Louisville's Rick Pitino has won induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame this year. Wouldn't it be great if he wins the NCAA title the Monday night he's officially announced?
    http://espn.go.com/mens-college-bask...me-source-says

    This report also says Gary Payton, Jerry Tarkanian, and legendary Houston Cougars Guy V. Lewis are also in.
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    Dawn Staley, former Virginia Cavs All-American, Richmond/Philadelphia Rage, Charlotte Sting, and Houston Comets star, will also get enshrined too.

    Good omen that Melo's channelling his inner Bernard King lately--King's getting in too! http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/stor...me-source-says

    It just seems today, to famously quote Ice Cube, "is a good day" for Rick Pitino that could get even better for him hours later as I write this. Not only he officially got the call of enshrinement with his wife JoAnne listening in and will earn at least an additional US $2.7 million extension. His son Richard got the Minnesota coaching vacancy after being at Florida International for only one season.

    Shame about Spencer Haywood

    http://espn.go.com/mens-college-bask...mith-hall-fame
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    David Stern, Zo, Mitch Richmond, Sarunas Marciulionis, Nolan Richardson, Bob "Slick" Leonard, former Maryland coach Gary Williams, Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton, the pioneering 1972-74 Immaculata College women's basketball teams, and Guy Rogers were all enshrined as this year's Naismith's 2014 Class
    http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2014/0...of-fame-class/

    Still no Spencer Haywood? Maybe Dave Zirin could offer reasons and theories why
    http://www.slamonline.com/online/the...-hall-of-fame/

    Eddie Sutton also gets omitted despite being a finalist. Maybe next year
    http://newsok.com/oklahoma-state-bas...rticle/3951249
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    Longtime Boomers/Melbourne Tigers head coach Lindsay Gaze, Boston Celtics legend (player/coach/TV colour analyst) Tommy Heihnson, Kentucky Colonels and Kentucky Wildcats Louie Dampier (the only player to play in all the ABA's nine seasons), Harlem Rens' John Isaacs, and former NCAA coach and Nike Basketball international director George Raveling are among the first to be inducted into Naismith this year. Congrats to all, especially for Gaze and Dampier! Hopefully in a few years Gaze's son will join him.

    Dikeme Mutumbo, Kevin Johnson, Tim Hardaway, 38-year NBA ref Dick Bavetta, Bill Fitch (Cleveland, Boston, Houston, New Jersey, LA Clippers coach), John Calipari, Spencer Haywood, Bo Ryan, longtime Texas HS coaches Robert Hughes and Leta Andrews, Jo Jo White, and last and certainly least My Stupid Evil Pony () are among those waiting for enshrinement to be announced on NCAA National Championship night
    http://www.app.com/story/sports/nba/...ists/23411685/
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    Dikembe Motumbo, John Calipari, Spencer Haywood (FINALLY!), Jo Jo White, Dick Bavetta, and certainly least My Stupid Evil Pony () are all inducted as Naismith's 2015 Hall of Fame Class. Shame that KJ, Tim Hardaway, and Bo Ryan didn't make it this year. Would be better for Cal if UK won Saturday night to further add the joy.
    http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/12...ball-hall-fame
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    Shaq, Allen Iverson, Yao, Swoopes, Izzo, KJ, Tim Hardaway, Chris Webber, Vlade Divac, Nick Galis, Toni Kukoc, Dino Radja, Junior Bridgeman, Bobby Jones, referees Hugh Evans and Darell Garretson, Lefty Driesell, Gene Keady, Rollie Massimino, Bo Ryan, Eddie Sutton, and Mark Price all headline the 2016 Naismith Hall of Fame nominee list.

    ABA committee has George McGinnis, Mack Calvin, Zelmo Beatty, Ron Boone, and Freddie Lewis with interesting changes to the voting process overall not limited to the ABA:
    http://www.nba.com/2015/news/feature...fame-nominees/

    Forgive me but I want to push forth a couple of coaches who are deserving to be on the list: Steve Konchalski from St. Francis Xavier and Ken Shields from those great Victoria championship teams. Konchalski has at least 800 wins and Shields is another one of those great Canadian basketball coaches. But both did their thing up in Canada and might as well exist in a void to many Americans. Their accomplishments do need to be recognized.
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    Allen Iverson, Kevin Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Charles "Lefty" Driesell, Robert Hughes, Tom Izzo, John McLendon, Bo Ryan, Eddie Sutton, referee Darell Garrettson. From the Women's Screening Committee: coaches Leta Andrews, Muffet McGraw, player Sheryl Swoopes and Wayland Baptist University are among the 2016 Naismith Hall finalists when it announced in Toronto during NBA All Star Weekend that will also include Yao Ming from the International category. The Naismith Class of 2016 will get announced in Houston on April 4 prior to the NCAA National Championship Game:
    http://www.nba.com/2016/news/02/12/2...-eddie-sutton/
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    Shaq, The Answer, Yao (he'll surely get a big hand with this national championship game being in Houston tonight), Izzo, and Swoopes are all in this Naismith 2016 class along with Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf (on the 20th anniversary of the 72-10 Bulls championship team), the late ABA legend Zelmo Beaty (St. Louis Hawks, LA/Utah Stars), referee Darrell Garretson, John McLendon (first African-American to coach a pro team with the Cleveland Pipers and a NCAA D1 team), and Cumberland Posey.

    Bo Ryan, KJ, Lefty, Muffett, George McGinnis, Vlade Divac, Rollie, CWebb, Mack Calvin, Tim Hardaway, Ron Boone, Keady, Hugh Evans, and Eddie Sutton all have to wait at least another year:
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2...is-years-class
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    Tracey McGrady, Mark Aguirre, Muggsy Bouges, Toni Kukoc, Vlade Divac, 1972 Soviet coach Vladimir Kondrashin, 1984 gold medalist and Baylor women's coach Kim Mulkey, Teresa Weatherspoon, Dino Radja, Nick Galis, Jennifer Azzi, Rebecca Lobo, Notre Dame women's coach Muffett McGraw, Kansas coach Bill Self, Mount St. Mary coach Jim Phelan, and Ben Wallace all in the lengthy 2017 nomination list:
    http://www.hoophall.com/news/naismit...class-of-2017/
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    Your 2017 finalists are Tracy McGrady, Chris Webber (should've got a ring back in 2002), Tim Hardaway, Rebecca Lobo, Villanova 1985 coaching champ Rollie Massimino, Milwaukee Bucks great Sidney Moncrief, Baylor coach and 1984 gold medalist Kim Mulkey, Kansas and Tulsa coach Bill Self, ex-NBA ref Hugh Evans, former Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, Notre Dame women's coach Muffet McGraw, Wayland Baptist AAU women's team, Rudy Tomjanovich, and Ft. Worth's Dunbar HS coach Robert Hughes. Inductees will get announced by the Honors Commitee after their results during Final Four weekend in Glendale, Arizona:
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2...ments-reaction
    http://www.freep.com/story/sports/co...five/98138054/
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    Sources are saying that Kansas coach Bill Self (and formerly was at Oral Roberts, Tulsa, and Illinois) is definitely among this year's Naismith inductees that will be announced this afternoon. According to the comments section, Bo Ryan will be denied again this year. One Facebook commentator at this article says that two NAIA coaches both of hold 1000+ wins and national titles--Harry Statham of McKendree of Illinois and Danny Miles of Oregon Tech--the two winningest coaches in NAIA basketball history...and tells the Naismith Committe to "ask Rollie Massamino about Danny Miles - Rollie is 0-2 against him":
    http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...fame-inductees
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    Now we can call it official: T-Mac, Rebecca Lobo, Bill Self, Muffet McGraw, Robert Hughes, Jerry Krause, who just died on March 21, George McGinnis, former NCAA vice president Tom Jernstedt, NJ-born Greek basketball star Nikos Galis and two members of the Harlem Globetrotters--Zack Clayton and Mannie Jackson are all enshrined this year:
    http://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/...all-fame-class

    But what about Norfolk St.'s own Bobby Dandridge, also from the Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Bullets, in the future?
    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/1...aits-hall-call
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    Why isn't former Detroit Pistons GM Jack McCloskey enshrined in the Naismith Hall of Fame? He's got the credentials by how he built that back-to-back championship team together. And the fact, he just announced his Alzheimer's condition marks a greater urgency for him to get there next year. This places lose some cred with him not in:
    http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/...ibility-issues
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    Definitely one of the best starry Naismith Hall of Fame classes coming this year. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, and Grant Hill have all been notified they will be enshrined this year. Definitely knew that Nash and Kidd will get in with the former being a back-to-back NBA MVP and is Canada's greatest basketball player from Victoria, British Columbia (though born in Johannesburg, South Africa to English parents) as a Team Canada star who immensely helped raise basketball's Canadian profile over the past 20 years. Maurice Cheeks, longtime NBA exec Rod Thorn (Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Nets), Houston Comets/Seattle Storm legend Tina Thompson (also a 2x Team USA Olympic gold medalist) are going to Springfield too. Finalists for induction include Chris Webber, Ray Allen, former Maryland/James Madison/Georgia St./Davidson head coach Charles "Lefty" Driesell, Rudy Tomjanovich, Baylor coach Kim Mulkey, Katie Smith, longtime NBA ref Hugh Evans, and the 1953-58 Wayland Baptist University teams. No international players in. Interesting. Though Tina Thompson, Katie Smith, Webber, Nash, Mulkey, and Allen would apply having donned Team USA gear at the international level:
    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/2...ball-hall-fame
    https://www.tsn.ca/report-nash-kidd-...-hof-1.1041766

    Apparently Lefty's finally getting enshrined three month after his 86th birthday. His contributions, like inventing Midnight Madness, must be seen with his on-court success:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...=.121b0e1667a5
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    Hard to believe that Grant Hill will serve as the first Duke Blue Devil ever will be enshrined at Naismith, and it produced some really good players over the decades especially under the Mike Krzyzewski era, to say nothing of Mike Gminski and Jim Sparnakel if you go earlier. But many of those players were very good but never truly became big time pro material. Christian Laettner, one of the greatest college basketball players of all-time and Hill's teammate when the former was an upperclassman when they started winning titles, is actually already enshrined as a member of the 1992 Dream Team. But not yet as a solo player. If he does, it'll be one the strength of his college career.

    https://www.diehards.com/duke/grant-...l-hall-of-fame

    Canada Basketball--I'm wearing a Canada Basketball Nike Dri-Fit T-shirt as I'm writing this--congratulates Steve Nash on his enshrinement as joins four other Canadians: inventor James Naismith, coach Pete Newell, official Ernest Quigley, and player Bobby Houbregs. Like I said, it could use a few other Canadians in there like Steve Konchalski and Ken Shields:
    http://www.basketball.ca/en/news-art...ial-basketball

    There will be an international player enshrined too at Naismith. It's Croatian Dino Radja, the former Boston Celtic and a member of those great, young, athletic Yugoslavian teams from the late 1980-early 1990s before the civil war breakup and among the first Croatian team's stars--think Petrovic, Kukoc, Franjo Arapovic, Vrankovic, Divac, Kicanovic, Paspalj, Danko Cvjetićanin, Djordjevic, Obradovic, Tabak, Danilovic, Jurij Zdovic, Arijan Komazec, Velimir Perasovic, Vladan Alanovic from that era. That 1991 Eurobasket-winning team many of them were involved is regarded as the greatest European national team ever and prompted a saying on basketball: "The Americans invented it, but the Yugoslavians perfected it". Never mind a Canadian actually did invent the game.

    Katie Smith, NBA exec Rick Welts, Ray Allen, Charlie Scott, and Ora Mae Washington (a Philly tennis player who first played basketball for the YMCA-sponsored Germantown Hornets and then the Philadelphia Tribune back in the 1930s and excelled at that too, earning high praise from none other than Arthur Ashe) also got enshrined to be announced tonight. Too bad Muffet McGraw couldn't join this year; it'll be more likely for 2019 now that she just got her second NCAA title and reached her 800th ND win with that. Already should be in anyway but there's some other solid coaches who had to wait their turns for the call; it seems there's no more than two coaches at best for enshrinement annually. Glad Lefty was done right by. One class of mostly recent vintage for sure:
    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/2...all-fame-class
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    Your 2019 Naismith Hall of Fame finalists: Chris Webber, Marques Johnson, Bobby Jones, Sidney Moncrief, Ben Wallace, Jack Sikma, Paul Westphal, Teresa Weatherspoon, Bill Fitch, Eddie Sutton, Kim Mulkey, longtime NBA ref Hugh Evans, alltime winningest high school coach overall Leta Andrews, and 5x D2 National Coach of the Year Barbara Stevens all nominated this year.

    If you're a Milwaukee Bucks fan, you'll like these often overlooked choices in Moncrief, Johnson, and Sikma getting some due as finalists when the team is among the East's best and a new arena to play in. Would be a great day if that happens. If Milwaukee won a title during the 80s when Boston and Philadelphia and Detroit were ruling, their value would've increase no doubt. Also for Seattle with Sikma and Westphal (also for Suns fans in the latter). People forget how good Moncrief really was. Webber is a true lock. I also think this will be Mulkey's time at last. Winning another NCAA title just beforehand would make it even sweeter for her; she had to deal with Muffet McGraw getting in last year though both were worthy. Bobby Jones was great in North Carolina, the ABA and NBA with Denver and Philadelphia as an essential player for both teams. Eddie Sutton should get in too with his seemingly automatic 800+ wins. People should know more about Andrews and Stevens. Everybody here are very worthy. Early African-American Pioneers, International, Contributors, Veterans and the new Women Veterans will also get announced during the NCAA Men's Final Four in Minneapolis at a press conference. Maybe Bucky Lew could get that due:

    https://www.si.com/nba/2019/02/15/na...2019-finalists
    http://www.hoophall.com/news/naismit...2019-election/
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    We'll get the official announcement of the enshrinees today but it's reported that Milwaukee Bucks' Sidney Moncrief, Paul Westphal (Phoenix, Seattle, New York, Boston), 1979 NBA Finals MVP Jack Sikma (Seattle, Milwaukee, Illinois Wesleyan), Vlade Divac (more on him a bit), All-Defensive in both the ABA and NBA Bobby Jones (North Carolina, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ERS), coach Bill Fitch (Cleveland, Boston, Houston, New Jersey, LA Clippers) longtime Philadelphia/San Francisco/Golden St. Warriors mainstay in various capacities (player, coach, management) Al "The Destroyer" Attles, Teresa "T-Spoon" Weatherspoon, Chuck Cooper (the first black NBA player drafted in 1950 by Boston) all are enshrined as the Naismith Class of 2019, the 1957-59 Tennessee A&I team, the Wayland Baptist Flying Queens, and former Knicks player/coach Carl Braun (also spent the 1961-62 season with the Celtics).

    Marques Johnson, Chris Webber, Eddie Sutton, Kim Mulkey, and Ben Wallace all were denied this year. If anything, Fitch might got enshrined not just for the 1981 Boston Celtics title with the first great 1980s Celtics team and later coaching the Twin Towers in Houston but also for his famous quote "War is hell but expansion is worse". Divac, currently holding the Sacramento Kings GM post, is in through the International section. Even if you omit his excellent NBA career or even played in it, Divac still gets in as a HOFer because of his great international contributions with that great Yugoslavian team and Partizan Belgrade from the mid-1980s-early 1990s until the Yugoslavian civil war and the SFR republics defiantly broke away. He's the third one in from that team with Petrovic and Radja as part of that great European player influx. Toni Kukoc is likely going to be next out of those teams when he's eligible in no small part to his Chicago Bulls era with his Benneton Treviso success with Yugoslavia. Maybe Aleksander Djordjevic, Stojko Vrankovic, Predrag "Sasha" Danilovic, and Zeljko Obradovic. Not many here in North America would know about Arijan Komazec, Zarko Paspalj, Zoran Savic, Velimir Perasovic, Jure Zdovic, Franjo Arapovic, and Danko Cvjeticanin very well. He's going in before his teammate Webber. Remember, Divac and Webber are in different enshrinement categories: International and North American. Easier for Divac to get through the International selection specifics, where only one person gets in annually. Makes so much sense Cooper was inducted with already-enshirned fellow African-American basketball pioneers Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton and Earl Lloyd, the first blacks to enter the NBA during the 1950-51 season, in the Naismith Hall of Fame. Retiring Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler is also in:
    https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/ki...ball-hall-fame
    https://www.sactownroyalty.com/2019/...er-snubbed-hof
    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/2...ones-make-hall
    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/2...hall-inductees
    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/2...cked-hall-fame

    Yes, I too don't understand why Eddie Sutton isn't in this year again. Seems perfectly alligned for him this year with his son Sean as a Texas Tech assistant. Got more wins than HOFers Lute Olsen, Homer Drew, and Rick Majerus. Arrangements were made to head out to Minneapolis with Sutton now wheelchair-bound making that challenging. Ditto for Mulkey when she could win another NCAA title Sunday night to go with her 2012 title in Denver at this time of enshrinement. Worked for Muffet McGraw last year at this time, you know:
    https://www.tulsaworld.com/sports/co...6c9a8158e.html
    https://www.cowboysrideforfree.com/2...of-fame-big-12
    https://www.cowboysrideforfree.com/b...s-hof-omission
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    Another star-studded roster of eligible nominees for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Quite possibly even more packed with star wattage than 2018. Could very well serve as a great time for the Spurs Nation. Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and Kobe Bryant are the incoming first-timers lumped with returnees Chris Webber, Ben Wallace, Chris Bosh, George Karl, Chauncey Billups, Shawn Marion, and Rudy Tomjanovich. Those first three are locks (although I personally don't want Kobe in--you know why). 7 other people in the North American men's nominations list are newcomers including Florida Gators/North Carolina St. Wolfpack/Presbyterian/The Citadel NCAA-winning coach Norm Sloan, who coached David Thompson and Neal Walk, 2x NCAA-winning coach from Villanova Jay Wright (a potential sleeper here), Buck Williams, Michael Finley, and Utah Jazz man mountain Mark Eaton.

    On the women's side we got the popular now pioneering SA Spurs assistant Becky Hammon, UCONN legend Swin Cash, and Tamika Catchings. All three are well-accoladed in the WNBA, although the latter two also won Olympic and world championship gold for Team USA (Becky Hammon won bronze for Russia at Beijing 2008 while also playing professionally in the Russian Superleague's CSKA Moscow and surely would've played for the United States were it not for pecking order issues for all her popularity). This is going to be immensely difficult if only one can get enshrined from the women's realm. There should be expansion to at least two. Maybe three given who will come in future years. I mean, the likes of Kim Mulkey, Jennifer Azzi, Suzie McConnell, Marianne Stanley, Valerie Still, Debbie Miller, and Marian Washington are still waiting for their enshrinements. Given Baylor's present success, Kim Mulkey would be in already. In this, my selection, all due respect to Hammon, Mulkey, and Catchings, will go to Swin because of her winning at every level unless there's expansion. If there was, it will be with Hammon and Mulkey along too.

    In the international portion, the one name people will instantly know is Toni Kukoc, and he was definitely an important part of those great late 1980s-early 1990s Yugoslavian teams and later Croatian ones. He'll be the latest from that era with Petrovic, Divac, and Radja all in and likely the last big one from that teams with all due respect to Alexandr Djordjevic, Predrag "Sasha" Danilovic, Zan Tabak, Zarko Paspalj. Remember, he made Chicago Bulls GM Jerry Krause salivate when Toni was deemed the best player not in the NBA back in 1992-93 when playing for Italy's Bennetton Treviso. All the others lack a large enough Q rating on this list to Americans except for maybe Maccabi Tel Aviv star Tal Brody (an American-Israeli from Trenton, New Jersey) and the late FIBA President Patrick Baumann from Switzerland. If only more Americans know about Marcos Leite, Soviet coach Vladimir Kondrashin, Yugoslavian/Serbian coach Ranko Zeravica, Shimon Mizrahi, Amaury Pasos, Manuel "Lolo" Sainz, Semen Khalipski, Aldo Ossola, Giuseppe Giergia, Alphonso Ford (amazing American EuroLeague sharpshooter cut short way too soon in 2004 at the age of 32 because of leukemia), Jackie Chazalon and Togo Saores.

    I'll put more thoughts later. But you can take a look at the entire nominations list in all the categories before the whittle down process come February:
    https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/...2020-nominees:
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    Jerry Colangelo, part of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame committee as chairman, revealed yesterday to ESPN upon the shocking news of Kobe Bryant's and his daughter Gianna's deaths from a helicopter crash of a finalist meeting set for Dallas this week. He says Kobe was going to be a definitely lock for induction, as many expect, with Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett for first-ballot enshrinement as "part of arguably the most epic HOF class ever", as reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium. But will still be held the standard screening process up to April's Final Four weekend (actually National Championship Game). Now he would not be physically on hand to make his induction speech that Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett will, and both will offer their stories of him in a bittersweet ceremony:
    https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/bu...ame-class-2020
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