Jackson, Mullin, Vitale highlight Hall of Fame finalists
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) – Former Chicago and current Los Angeles
Lakers coach Phil Jackson, former St. John’s and NBA star Chris Mullin, and
legendary ESPN sportscaster Dick Vitale highlight 15 Finalists for election
into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2007, announced
Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Former players Adrian Dantley and Richie Guerin; coaches Roy Williams, Eddie
Sutton and Bob Hurley Sr.; owner Bill Davidson; and the 1966 Texas Western
NCAA championship team were also nominated.
Also, referee Mendy Rudolph, Yugoslavian coach Mirko Novosel, Spanish coach
Pedro Ferrandiz and former U.S. women’s basketball coaches Van Chancellor and
Harley Redin received nominations.
The final selection will be voted by a 24-person committee, and 18 votes are
required to enter the Hall of Fame. It will be announced on April 2 at the
Final Four in Atlanta for the induction ceremonies in Springfield,
Massachusetts on September 7.
Jackson has nine NBA championship with the Bulls and Lakers, tying him with
Red Auerbach, and was the fastest coach to win 800 games. The North Dakota
native played professionally for the Knicks and Nets.
Mullin was a five-time NBA All-Star and was named Big East Player of the Year
an unprecedented three times. He won a pair of Olympic gold medals, in 1984
and 1992, and played 16 seasons in the NBA for Golden State and Indiana,
averaging more than 20 points per game for six straight.
A Passaic, New Jersey native, Vitale has spent the last 20 years as ESPN’s
lead college basketball color announcer. After coaching at the high school
(East Rutherford), collegiate (Detroit), and professional (Detroit) levels,
Vitale switched over to the broadcast booth in 1979.