Mourning, Richardson to join Basketball Hall of Fame

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BY SHANON RYAN
CHICAGO TRIBUNE/MCT

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its incoming group that includes former NBA stars Alonzo Mourning, Mitch Richmond and coach Gary Williams.

Inductees of the 2014 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, from left: Sarunas Marciulionis, Alonzo Mourning, Judy Martelli (for Immaculata University), Nolan Richardson, Mitch Richmond, David Stern, and Gary Williams, pictured at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Dallas, on April 7.(PHOTOS BY STEVE NURENBERG/FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM/MCT)

Inductees of the 2014 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, from left: Sarunas Marciulionis, Alonzo Mourning, Judy Martelli (for Immaculata University), Nolan Richardson, Mitch Richmond, David Stern, and Gary Williams, pictured at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Dallas, on April 7.
(PHOTOS BY STEVE NURENBERG/FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM/MCT)

Coach Nolan Richardson and the Immaculata AIAW national championship team will also be inducted Aug. 7-9 in Springfield, Mass.

Mourning was a seven-time NBA All-Star and a member of the Heat’s championship in 2006. The former Georgetown star was the NBA’s defensive player of the year twice.

Jim Nance talks with Alonzo Mourning during the inductee ceremony of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at the Omni Hotel in Dallas on April 7.

Jim Nance talks with Alonzo Mourning during the inductee ceremony of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at the Omni Hotel in Dallas on April 7.

Richmond was a six-time NBA All-Star, who won the championship in 2002 with the Lakers. He averaged more than 21 points per game in 10 straight seasons.

Nat Clifton to be honored
Williams led Maryland to 11 straight NCAA tournaments, winning the championship in 2002. Richardson was named the coach of the year after leading Arkansas to the 1994 NCAA tournament championship.

Under coach Cathy Rush, Immaculata won three straight AIAW titles, going 60-2 in the stretch.

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern, ABA coach Bob Leonard, African-American NBA pioneer Nat Clifton, Soviet NBA player Sarunas Marciulionis, and Temple and Bulls guard Guy Rodgers were direct elections from various committees.

Tim Hardaway, Kevin Johnson and Spencer Haywood were nominees who did not receive enough votes for election.

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