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Basketball Hall of Fame releases finalists for 2013 induction

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Six first-time finalists and six returning finalists are on the short list for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced their complete list of finalists for induction on Friday.

The list of finalists includes first-timers like five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, three-time National Coach of the Year Sylvia Hatchell, two-time NBA Championship coach Tom Heinsohn, nine-time NBA All-Star Gary Payton, five-time WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley and six-time NBA All-Star Mitch Richmond.

Returning finalists are four-time NBA All-Star Maurice Cheeks, four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood, four-time NBA All-Star Bernard King, 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.

The list of inductees for 2013 will be announced on Monday, April 8 before the NCAA's Men's Championship game. Enshrinement takes place on Sunday, Sept. 8 in Springfield.

Five people were also directly elected into the class of 2013 on Friday. They include Roger Brown voted in from the American Basketball Association (ABA) Committee, Edwin B. Henderson from the Early African American Pioneers Committee, Oscar Schmidt from the International Committee, Richard Guerin from the Veterans Committee and Russ Granik from the Contributor Direct Election Committee.

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