Posted Nov 11 2011 3:35PM
Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Jerry Krause and Vlade Divac top the list of new nominees with league ties for the Hall of Fame, NBA.com learned Friday. They are among a field that joins returning headliner Reggie Miller as candidates for the Class of 2012 in Springfield, Mass.
The group is, in many ways, a continuation of the '11 class. Chris Mullin was inducted in August, and now friends and Run TMC namemates Richmond and Hardaway are hoping to follow. The strength of the Divac nomination is his international impact and contribution to the worldwide growth of the game, much the same way Arvydas Sabonis was elected, with his NBA contributions secondary on the resume.
Miller is hoping to replicate the path of Dennis Rodman by going from not making it out of the first round of voting in the first year of eligibility all the way to being elected in the second. And former personnel boss Krause and ex-assistant coach John Bach, along with retired coach Dick Motta among the returning nominees, could make it a Bulls-heavy class for the second year in a row.
The Warriors are also well represented, with Richmond, Hardaway, Bach, Don Nelson, Mark Jackson, Al Attles, Sarunas Marciulionas, Bernard King and Ralph Sampson on the ballot. The Pacers have prominent ties with Miller, Jackson, Donnie Walsh and three leading candidates via the ABA committee; Slick Leonard, Mel Daniels and George McGinnis.
The most-recognizable names, by committee:
Attles, Bach, Dick Bavetta, Maurice Cheeks, Lefty Driesell, Bill Fitch, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Curt Gowdy (contributor category), Hardaway, Spencer Haywood, former NCAA executive Tom Jernstedt (contributor), Jackson, King, Krause, Miller, Motta, Nelson, Billy Packer (contributor), Rick Pitino, Paul Silas (as a player), George Raveling (contributor), Richmond, Sampson, Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Gene Shue, Jim Valvano (contributor), Walsh (contributor), Gary Williams, Paul Westphal (as a player), Jamaal Wilkes.
Jennifer Azzi, Rebecca lobo (contributor category), Katrina McClain, Teresa Weatherspoon.
Ron Boone, Mack Calvin, Louie Dampier, Daniels, Leonard, McGinnis. (Nominees in this category do not face the initial screening. The ABA committee, along with those in the Early African-American Pioneers of the Game committee, have a direct-election ballot for one candidate per year.)
The close of nominations is the first official step in the process. The Hall annually faces criticism for the secret ballot that leads to the highest individual honor for all levels of the game, not just the NBA. A candidate must receive at least seven of nine votes from a screening committee -- five of seven for the women's game -- during voting in late-January or early-February to become a finalist, an outcome scheduled to be announced Feb. 24, 2012, as part of All-Star weekend in Orlando, Fla. Anyone who makes that cut will be judged by a separate committee in late-February or early-March and need at least 18 of 24 votes to be inducted. The winners will be announced at the Final Four in New Orleans.
The Class of 2011 was Mullin, Rodman, Artis Gilmore, Tara VanDerveer, Teresa Edwards, Sabonis, college coach Herb Magee, Tom (Satch) Sanders, Tex Winter and Reece (Goose) Tatum.
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