Gary Payton, Rick Pitino among 2013 Naismith Hall of Fame class

Gary Payton

Gary Payton and Rick Pitino elected to Hall of Fame with five others

Monday, Gary Payton became a first ballot Hall of Famer and Rick Pitino added to what could be his personal “Best Week Ever” as the official announcement of the 2013 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class was made in Atlanta.

Payton played 17 years in the league, made nine All-Star appearances and won an NBA Championship with the Miami Heat in 2006.

Rick Pitino is the current head coach for the University of Louisville men’s basketball team and could become the first to ever lead two different teams (the other was Kentucky) to a championship in NCAA history if the Cardinals defeat the Michigan Wolverines in Monday night’s NCAA Basketball Tournament finals.

Joining Payton and Pitino are Bernard King, WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley, and coaches Sylvia Hatchell, Guy Lewis and Jerry Tarkanian.

The direct-elected members are Dr. E.B. Henderson, Russ Granik, Oscar Schmidt, Roger Brown and Richard Guerin, making the official total of the class to 12.

The 2013 enshrinement festivities will take place September 6-8.

Watch GP’s post-announcement interview with NBA TV.

Watch as Rick Pitino is announced as a member of the Class of 2013.


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