Sunday, February 20, 2005
Brown, Wilkins, Dumars are first-time finalists
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Big East coaching rivals Jim Boeheim
and Jim Calhoun, and former NBA stars Joe Dumars and Dominique
Wilkins are finalists for election into the Basketball Hall of
Calhoun is back for a second try, and Hubie Brown was named a
finalist for the first time, as a contributor to the game. The 16
finalists were announced Sunday, and winners will be presented
April 4 at the NCAA Final Four in St. Louis.
Often imitated, Dominique Wilkens was the real thing when he won two slam dunk contests.
Previous finalists Bernard King, Maurice Cheeks, Adrian Dantley,
Dennis Johnson, and Chet Walker are back on the ballot this year.
Wilkins and Dumars are finalists in their first year of
consideration, as are women's coaches Van Chancellor and Sue
Italian coach Sandro Gamba, Brazilian player Hortencia Marcari;
player John Issacs; and contributor John Kerr from the Veterans
Screening Committee round out the list.
Induction requires 18 of 24 votes from the Hall of Fame's Honors
Boeheim and Calhoun are both closing in on 700 career victories.
Calhoun has led Connecticut to two NCAA championships (1999,
2004), eight Big East regular-season titles, and 17 consecutive
"The phenomenal team successes we've had over the years, the
championships we've won, and the wonderful young men I've been
fortunate enough to coach, have been a source of great personal
pride for me," Calhoun said. "But, there has been no greater
recognition personally than to be told I am a Naismith Basketball
Hall of Fame finalist."
Boeheim and Syracuse won the NCAA championship in 2003 and have
eight Big East regular-season championships. Under Boeheim,
Syracuse has made 23 NCAA tournament appearances and has been to
the Final Four three times.
Dumars played his entire professional career for the Detroit
Pistons and helped them win back-to-back NBA championships (1989,
1990). He currently is president of basketball operations for the
Pistons, credited for assembling the team that won the 2004 NBA
Dumars was a six-time NBA All-Star and MVP of the 1989 NBA
Wilkins' above-the-rim acrobatics earned him the nickname "The
Human Highlight Film."
A prolific scorer, Wilkins played most of his NBA career for the
Atlanta Hawks (1982-93), who retired his jersey. He also played for
the Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs and
Orlando Magic. Wilkins was a nine-time NBA All-Star, and a two-time
NBA Slam Dunk champion.
Brown's career touches nearly every aspect of the game. He's
been NBA Coach of the Year twice (1978 in Atlanta; 2004 in
Memphis), and is well-known as a TV analyst. Eight of his former
assistants have gone on to become head coaches in the NBA.
Chancellor and Gunter were named finalists from the Women's
Chancellor led the Houston Comets to four straight WNBA titles
(1997-2000) and won 439 games as the head women's coach at Ole Miss
Gunter coached LSU for 22 seasons (1982-2004) and spent 16
seasons at Stephen F. Austin (1964-1980) after beginning her
coaching career at Middle Tennessee State (1962-1964). She stands
is the third winningest coach in women's NCAA history with 708
wins, and led LSU to 14 NCAA tournament berths, including one Final
Candidates remain eligible until going three consecutive years
without receiving a vote from the screening committee. At that
point, a nominee is removed from consideration for five years
before he or she can be nominated again.