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Brown, Olson deserving of Hall

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June 5
It was no shock when Magic Johnson's name was announced as one of the newest members of the Basketball Hall of Fame. You knew he would be selected in his first year of eligibility. Magic's mates in the newest class in Springfield, Mass., include other special names.

Larry Brown
Philadelphia 76ers coach Larry Brown led Kansas to a national championship in 1988.
There was great news for those who teach and love the game of basketball. Larry Brown and Lute Olson were chosen for enshrinement. Both coaches have a passion for teaching the game they love. They enjoy being between the lines, 94-by-50, working hard at practice. They set an example with their teaching ability, breaking down the game like scientists at work.

For Brown and Olson, the basketball court is their laboratory. They are clinicians who know how to organize and put the elements together. When they are preparing for an opponent, it's like a chess match. These two gentlemen know all the concepts of the game and have a great understanding of all aspects.

Olson has made Arizona one of the elite college basketball programs in the nation. He has coached in five Final Fours (four at Arizona, one at Iowa). Brown has been successful in many different environments -- the ABA, the NBA, in college -- and he took Kansas and UCLA to the national championship game. He is one of four men to coach in both a Final Four and NBA Finals.

Both men have been consistent throughout their illustrious careers. Consistency is a trademark of both guys when you look at winning over many years. It doesn't always translate to the number of championships, though both men experienced the cutting down of the nets as collegiate champions!

Every year Brown's teams are competitive. Both men follow through on that old coaching philosophy. To me, the best ones get the most out of their people. A great coach can blend the talent and utilize his players' strengths and hide their weaknesses, taking away the liabilities in their games.

(Brown and Olson) have been consistent throughout their illustrious coaching careers. ... It doesn't always translate to the number of championships, though both men experienced the cutting down of the nets as collegiate champions!

These two coaches are genuine Hall of Famers.

Congratulations to an outstanding class entering the famed Hall. This is an awesome group, with a capital A, baby!

The Magic Man, Earvin Johnson, meant so much to the game of basketball, both in college at Michigan State and with the Lakers. Kay Yow has been brilliant at N.C. State. The Harlem Globetrotters have put so many smiles on the faces of so many people. Every time I hear the song "Sweet Georgia Brown," I get goosebumps, baby! It excites me so much! The late Drazen Petrovic would have been one of the truly special big guards in the NBA if it wasn't for his tragic passing at such a young age.

Brown and Olson have championship rings, and now they will have the honor of being inducted to the Hall!

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