February 13, 2009

Nelson, Mullin and Attles are three of 16 finalists on this year's Hall of Fame ballot.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has named current Warriors Head Coach Don Nelson, former player and current Warriors Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Mullin and former player and head coach and current Warriors Ambassador Alvin Attles as Finalists for election to the Hall of Fame Class of 2009. Nelson, Mullin and Attles join a list of 13 other Finalists up for induction.

The complete list of 16 Finalists includes a total of 10 candidates from the North American Screening Committee - players Bernard King, Dennis Johnson, Chris Mullin, Michael Jordan, John Stockton and David Robinson and Coaches Bobby Hurley, Jerry Sloan, Don Nelson and Contributor Al Attles. Two candidates each comprise Finalists from the Women's Screening Committee - Cynthia Cooper and Coach Vivian Stringer- and International Screening Committee - coach Vladimir Kondrashin and Brazilian Legend Maciel "Ubiratan" Pereira, with Legends Richard Guerin and Johnny "Red" Kerr representing the nominees from the Veteran's Screening Committee.

Jordan, Robinson, Stockton, Sloan and Cooper are Finalists in their first year of consideration by their respective Screening Committees. Stringer and Attles are first-time Finalists who have previously been reviewed by Screening Committees. Hurley, Nelson, Johnson, Mullin, King, Ubiratan, Guerin and Kerr have been named Finalists in prior years.

The Class of 2009 will be announced on Monday, April 6 at a news conference in Detroit, Michigan prior to the NCAA's Men's Championship game. A Finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Class of 2009 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, MA September 10-12. Tickets to the 2009 Enshrinement Gala and Induction Celebration are available by calling the Hall of Fame at (413) 781-6500. Ticket information is also available on line at www.hoophall.com.

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