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Dikembe Mutombo, Lisa Leslie among finalists for 2015 NBA Hall of Fame

Dikembe Mutombo New York, Feb 15 (IANS) The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the name of six players – including NBS All- ...

Dikembe Mutombo

New York, Feb 15 (IANS)

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the name of six players - including NBS All-Star Dikembe Mutombo, five coaches and one referee as finalists from the North American and Women's committees to be considered for election in 2015. Eight-time NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo and three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie were among the finalists when the Hall of Fame announced the names Saturday, reported Xinhua.

Other elite players include seven-time NBA All-Star Jo Jo White, five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood, and three-time NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson.

Two-time College Coach of the Year John Calipari, two-time NBA Coach of the Year Bill Fitch, four-time Division III national champion coach Bo Ryan, and 39-year NBA referee Dick Bavatta are also on the list.

"The finalists for the Class of 2015 are a group of very distinguished individuals who have each made a unique impact on the game of basketball," said Jerry Colangelo, chairman of the Hall of Fame.

"To be recognised as a finalist is a great achievement in and of itself and each of the finalists recognised should be very proud."

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