2013 Naismith Hall of Fame inductees officially announced
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced seven new members in the class of 2013: current Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, former NBA stars Bernard King and Gary Payton, former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, North Carolina women’s coach Sylvia Hatchell, former University of Houston coach Guy Lewis and former University of Virginia star Dawn Staley.
Pitino, who is coaching Louisville in the men’s basketball championship Monday night, headlines the new class of inductees. His win total will match John Wooden–who won ten NCAA national championships–if the Cardinals win on Monday.
Long overdue is the induction of Bernard King, a former Knicks swingman who averaged 22.5 points per game in his 15-year career.
Gary Payton will also be inducted, a nine-time All-Star, two-time gold medalist, and face of the Seattle Sonics. Payton won a championship with Miami in 2006.
Previously announced inductees include Edwin E.B. Henderson, longtime Pacers guard Roger Brown, Oscar Schmidt of Brazil, the leading scorer in Olympic history, 1950s Knicks star Richie Guerin, and Russ Granik, the longtime assistant commissioner of the NBA.