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Thursday, June 9, 2011
Dirk Nowitzki among Texas HOF nominees

By Calvin Watkins

Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is one of 20 nominees for 2011 class of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

Other notables on the list include the Spurs' Tim Duncan, the recently retired Shaquille O'Neal, Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, Texas football coach Mack Brown and former Texas Tech and Dallas Cowboys linebacker Zach Thomas.

Nowitzki, a native of Wurzburg, Germany, has played for the Mavericks for 13 years.

The Class of 2011 will be announced in September.

The primary ballot of nominees follows:

Shawn Andaya, softball, Texas A&M
Gary Blair, women's basketball coach, Texas A&M
Mack Brown, football coach, Texas
Fred Couples, golf, Houston
Rudy Davalos, basketball administration, San Antonio native
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
Louie Kelcher, football, SMU
Drayton McLane, owner Houston Astros
Bobby Moegle, baseball, Lubbock Monterey
G.A. Moore, high school football coach
Keith Moreland, baseball, Texas
Gerald Myers, administrator, Texas Tech
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
Shaquille O'Neal, basketball, San Antonio Cole
Eddy Peach, high school football, Arlington Lamar
Nolan Richardson, basketball, El Paso native
Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears football coach
Zach Thomas, football, Texas Tech
Andre Ware, football, Houston
Richard Quick, swimming, SMU (deceased)