Tim Hardaway, Bernard King and Mitch Richmond Among 12 Finalists For Class of 2013
In addition to the trio of former Warriors, the Hall of Fame also named as finalists: three-time National Coach of the Year Sylvia Hatchell, two-time NBA Championship coach Tom Heinsohn, nine-time NBA All-Star and Oakland native Gary Payton, five-time WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley, four-time NBA All-Star Maurice Cheeks, four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood, five-time NCAA Final Four coach Guy Lewis, six-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino and four-time NCAA Final Four coach Jerry Tarkanian.
Five Direct Elects named today are the initial members of the Class of 2013, including: Roger Brown (voted in from the American Basketball Association Committee), Edwin B. Henderson (Early African American Pioneers Committee), Oscar Schmidt (International Committee), Richard Guerin (Veterans Committee) and Russ Granik (Contributor Direct Election Committee).
King, a four-time NBA All-Star and two-time All-NBA First Team selection, spent two seasons with the Warriors (1980-82) and averaged 22.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 36.1 minutes while shooting 57.7 percent from the field in 160 games, earning NBA Comeback Player of the Year honors in his first season with the team in 1980-81. In 15 NBA seasons with the Warriors, New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz, New York Knicks and Washington Bullets, King posted averages of 22.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 33.7 minutes in 874 games. A First Team All-American at the University of Tennessee, King ranks third in franchise annals in field goal percentage and sixth in scoring average.
Richmond, a six-time NBA-All Star, was selected by Golden State with the fifth overall pick of the 1988 NBA Draft and spent the first three seasons of his career with the Warriors (1988-91), averaging 22.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.31 steals and 36.5 minutes in 234 games. In 14 NBA seasons with the Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers, Richmond posted averages of 21.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.24 steals and 35.2 minutes in 976 games and captured an NBA Championship with the Lakers in his final season (2001-02). The Kansas alum earned a gold medal as a member of the United States Men's National Team at the 1996 Olympic Games after previously capturing bronze at the 1988 Olympics. Along with Hardaway and Hall of Famer Chris Mullin, Richmond was a member of the celebrated "Run TMC" trio in his final two seasons with the Warriors and boasts the fifth highest scoring average in franchise history.
The Class of 2013 will be announced on Monday, April 8, prior to the NCAA's Men's Championship game. A finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Hall of Fame. The Class of 2013 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Mass. on Sunday, September 8.Located in Springfield, the Birthplace of Basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level - professional, collegiate, men and women.
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