Richie Guerin, a standout guard for teams including the New York Knicks in the 1950s and ’60s, was elected to the Springfield, Massachusetts-based shrine from a veterans category.
Payton, 44, a nine-time NBA All-Star, and Hardaway, 46, an All-Star five times, are among six first-time finalists, the Hall said yesterday in a release. The others are Heinsohn (as a coach); Sylvia Hatchell, a three-time national college women’s coach of the year; Dawn Staley, a five-time Women’s NBA All- Star, and Mitch Richmond, a six-time All-Star in the NBA.
Five men already have been chosen for 2013 entry through special panels: Roger Brown, who was voted in by the American Basketball Association Committee; Edwin B. Henderson, from the Early African-American Pioneers Committee; Oscar Schmidt, from the International Committee; Guerin, from the Veterans Committee, and Russ Granik, a former NBA deputy commissioner, from the Contributor Direct Election Committee.
The complete class of 2013 will be introduced April 8 at the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four in Atlanta.
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