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Pitino, Six Others Inducted To Basketball Hall, But No Mo Cheeks

Rick Pitino (credit: Chris Graythen/getty images)

Rick Pitino (credit: Chris Graythen/getty images)

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ATLANTA (AP/CBS) — Rick Pitino, who will coach Louisville in the NCAA championship game Monday night, is among seven people elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Joining Pitino in the class of 2013, announced Monday, are former NBA stars Bernard King and Gary Payton, former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, North Carolina women’s coach Sylvia Hatchell, former University of Houston coach Guy Lewis, former University of Virginia star Dawn Staley.

The inductions will take place in Springfield, Mass. in Septembe

Former Sixers point guard Maurice Cheeks failed to gain induction to the Hall of Fame once again. Cheeks’ #10 is retired by the Sixers, he was a member of four NBA All-Star teams, four NBA All-Defense teams, and won one championship, in 1983 with the Sixers. He is 11th all-time in NBA history in assists, and fifth in steals. Cheeks is currently an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Inductees announced previously were Edwin E.B. Henderson, a direct elect by the Early African Pioneer Committee, longtime Indiana Pacers guard Roger Brown, Oscar Schmidt of Brazil, the leading scorer in Olympic history, Richie Guerin, a star for the New York Knicks in the 1950s, and Russ Granik, the longtime assistant commissioner of the NBA.

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