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Lute Olson Named Finalist for Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/28/2001
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that seven players, seven coaches and three contributors have been named by four separate screening committees as finalists for enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame on October 5, 2001.

The North American Screening Committee advanced players Adrian Dantley, Bobby Jones, Moses Malone and James Worthy; coaches Larry Brown, John Chaney, Mike Krzyzewski, Lute Olson, Jerry Tarkanian; contributors Junius Kellogg and Tex Winter. Candidates from the Women's Screening Committee include Cathy Rush and Kay Yow; International finalists include the late Drazen Petrovic and Italian star Dino Meneghin; Veteran candidates include Earl Lloyd and Grady Lewis.

The 17 candidates include two finalists eligible in their first year -- Moses Malone and Mike Krzyzewski. The remaining 15 finalists have been considered by their respective Screening Committee or the Hall of Fame's Honors Committee in previous years. An individual needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election. The new electees will be named during the week of May 22-26. The 2001 Enshrinement ceremony is scheduled for Friday, October 5, 2001 in Springfield, Massachusetts, birthplace of basketball.

NORTH AMERICAN FINALISTS - PLAYERS

ADRIAN DANTLEY was one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history, finishing his 15-year NBA career with 23,177 points that was achieved playing with seven different teams. Dantley enjoyed his greatest success with the Utah Jazz where he ranks in the top-ten in 10 categories. Dantley was a high school All-America at DeMatha Catholic High School and at the University of Notre Dame where he tallied 2,223 points and was named a First-Team All-America in 1975 and 1976. Dantley led the 1976 Gold Medal Olympic Team in scoring, was a six-time NBA All-Star and the NBA Comeback Player of the Year in 1984.

BOBBY JONES starred at North Carolina and for 12 ABA/NBA seasons with the Denver Nuggets (1974-78) and the Philadelphia 76ers (1979-1986). The 6-foot-9 Jones thrived on defense. He was a two-time ABA All-Defensive Team selection and was chosen All-NBA Defensive First Team from 1977 to 1984. He was a Second Team choice in 1985. In 1983, Jones helped lead the 76ers to the NBA championship and also earned the NBA's Sixth Man Award. He played in four NBA All-Star Games (1977, 1978, 1981, 1982).

MOSES MALONE, a 6-foot-10, 255 pound bruising center, was one of the most dominating big men in NBA history. In 21 professional seasons in both the ABA/NBA, Malone is the NBA's third all-time leading rebounder (16,212), fifth leading scorer (27,404), third in games played (1,329), sixth in minutes played (45,071), tenth in field goal attempts (19,225), second in free throw attempts (11,090), first in offensive rebounds (6,731) and second in most defensive rebounds (9,481). A 12-time NBA All-Star, Malone was named All-NBA First Team four times and Second Team four times. In 1996 he was named one of the 50 greatest players of all-time. He led the Philadelphia 76ers to the 1983 NBA championship and was named Finals MVP.

JAMES WORTHY was one of the basketball's greatest fast-break finishers at the University of North Carolina and with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1982-94. A 6-foot-9, 225 pound power forward who could dominate with speed and agility, Worthy led the Tar Heels to the 1982 NCAA championship and was named MVP of the Final Four. Named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996, Worthy played his entire 12-year professional career with the Lakers. He helped lead Los Angeles to the 1985, 1987 and 1988 NBA championships and a total of seven NBA Finals appearances. He was named MVP of the 1988 Finals.

NORTH AMERICAN FINALISTS - COACHES

LARRY BROWN has been a successful college and professional basketball coach for the last 28 years. He has won over 1,000 professional games in the ABA and the NBA and is the only coach in NBA history to lead six different teams to the playoffs. He was named ABA Coach of the Year in 1973, 1975, and 1976. Brown is one of eleven NBA coaches to win 700 games and ranks 10th on the all-time NBA victory list. Brown led UCLA to the NCAA Championship game in 1980 and the University of Kansas to the 1988 NCAA Championship. He was named the 1999 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year and served as an assistant coach for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia

JOHN CHANEY has patrolled the sidelines at Cheney State University and Temple University for the last 29 years, where has won 653 games and led his teams to 26 post season berths. Chaney began his collegiate coaching career at Chaney State University where he led his team to the 1978 Division II National Championship and was named Division II National Coach of the Year. Since 1982, Chaney has brought prominence back to the Temple Owls, leading the Owls to 17 post season appearances in 19 years. Chaney has led the Owls to five NCAA Regional Finals. The Owls have won six Atlantic 10 championships and he has been named Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year five times.

MIKE KRZYZEWSKI is the most successful college coach in the last two decades. He has led Duke to two NCAA national championships and nine Final Fours, and ranks third all-time in most NCAA Final Four appearances. His 54-13 record in tournament play ranks second best in history behind Dean Smith. Krzyzewski's 604-223 record at both Army and Duke in 26 seasons. He has led Duke to six ACC Tournament Championships and is the second winningest coach in ACC history. He was named the NABC Coach of the Decade for the 1990s. He has been named National Coach of the Year by various organizations 10 times in seven seasons.

LUTE OLSON has been a college head coach the last 28 years, compiling a 739-246 record coaching at Long Beach City College, Long Beach State, University of Iowa and the University of Arizona. In 1997, Olson led Arizona to the NCAA championship and has led the Wildcats to the Final Four in 1988, 1994, 1997 and 2001. Olson, who is the seventh winningest active Division I coach, holds the distinction of being one of eight coaches in college history to coach in five or more Final Fours. His 22 NCAA Tournament appearances are second most among active coaches and his 36 NCAA wins are third best among active coaches. Under Olson, Arizona's 17 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances are the longest current streak in college basketball and is second longest in NCAA history. He was been named National Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1990.

JERRY TARKANIAN is the third active winningest coach in college basketball history. Coaching at Long Beach State, University of Nevada at Las Vegas and currently Fresno State, Tarkanian has compiled a 758-185 record in 30 seasons. Known as "Tark the Shark," Tarkanian has never had a losing season or won less than 16 games in a year. In 1990 he led UNLV to the NCAA national championship and four Final Four appearances. He has coached in 17 NCAA Tournaments and six National Invitation Tournaments. He ranks first in active winning percentage (.803), fourth in all-time winning percentage (.803) and first in active most 20-win seasons (28).

NORTH AMERICAN FINALISTS - CONTRIBUTORS

JUNIUS KELLOGG became a pioneer in wheelchair basketball after a 1954 car accident left him a paraplegic. His biggest contributions to basketball may have come in February of 1951, when he reported bribery attempts to fix games and assisted authorities in curtailing New York City's college basketball point-shaving scandals. Kellogg was the first African-American to play intercollegiate basketball at Manhattan College. Kellogg helped launch the National Wheelchair Basketball Association and was a paralympic gold medal winner in 1964. He won one national and four international championships playing wheelchair basketball. Kellogg passed away on Sept. 16, 1998.

TEX WINTER has spent over 50 years at the Division I or professional level, the longest tenure of any active coach in college or professional basketball. Winter was a member of the coaching staff of the Chicago Bulls from 1985-99, where his innovative triangle offense propelled the Bulls to NBA championships in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998. Winter earned another NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000. In 1953, Winter began a 15-year career at Kansas State, where he compiled a 265-117 record (.694) and won eight Big 8 championships. Winter was named national UPI Coach of the Year and UPI and AP rated Kansas State the number one team in the country.

VETERAN FINALISTS

EARL LLOYD, who in 1950 became the first African-American to play in an NBA game with the Washington Capitols, was instrumental in integrating professional basketball as a player and coach. As a player, Lloyd enjoyed a solid NBA career with the Washington Capitols, Syracuse Nationals and Detroit Pistons. During Syracuse's championship season in 1955, Lloyd averaged 10.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, becoming the first African-American to win an NBA title. In 1968, Lloyd became the first African-American Assistant Coach with the Detroit Pistons. In 1971, he became the second African-American head coach and first African-American bench coach with the Pistons.

GRADY LEWIS helped develop the canvas basketball shoe and marketed basketball-specific shoes throughout the country. Lewis enjoyed a nearly six-decade basketball career as a player, coach and athletic shoe company executive with Converse. Lewis was an All-Conference selection while playing for the University of Oklahoma. After graduation, he enjoyed a successful six-year (1937-43) AAU career with the Oklahoma-based Parks Clothiers and Phillips Oilers. He was an AAU Rookie of the Year in 1937, a three-time AAU All-Star and two-time AAU All-America.

WOMEN'S FINALISTS

CATHY RUSH is widely acknowledged for her role in bringing national attention and scholarship money to women's sports. In seven seasons coaching at tiny Immaculata College in Immaculata, PA, Rush compiled a 149-15 record, a mark that included three consecutive AIAW national championships (1972-74) and six consecutive AIAW Final Fours (1972-77). In addition to leading Immaculata to the first AIAW national title and winning three-straight titles, Immaculata was the first women's college team to appear on national television (against the University of Maryland in 1975) and play outside the United States (against Australia in 1974).

KAY YOW, has 611 career victories at Elon College and North Carolina State, fifth best in women's basketball history. Yow, who led the Wolfpack to the 1998 Final Four, has led NC State into the NCAA Tournament 15 times in the last 19 years, a mark that includes ten Sweet 16 appearances. She has won five regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference titles and four ACC Tournament championships. Yow has coached 18 20-win seasons. Her teams have finished in the final Associated Press top-20 poll 16 times in her 22 seasons. Yow, who is the only women's coach in history to win a Gold Medal at both the Olympics (1988, Seoul) and World Championships (1996), has compiled a 21-1 record in International competition.

INTERNATIONAL FINALISTS

DINO MENEGHIN is widely regarded as the greatest Italian basketball player ever. From the age of 16 to 44, Meneghin played in Italy's top division where he dominated play while playing in a record 834 games. He appeared in four Olympic Games (1972, 1976, 1980 -- silver medal, 1984). Meneghin led his Italian Club teams to a record 12 Cup of Champions Finals and a record seven championships. He led his teams to a pair of Cup of Cup championships and four Intercontinental Cup titles. He captured four championships -- playoffs, Italy Cup, European and Intercontinental Cup --in the same year three times (1970, 1973, 1987).

DRAZEN PETROVIC, who was born in Sibenik, Yugoslavia, was hailed as a superstar in his native land and in 1984-85 scored 112 points in a Croatian League game. He was a member of the silver medal-winning Yugoslavian (1988) and Croatian (1992) Olympic teams. He also led his Real Madrid Spanish league team to the European Cup Championship in February 1989, and led the Yugoslavian National Team to victory at the European Championships in June of that year. Petrovic played four NBA seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers and New Jersey Nets. In the 1992-93 season, Petrovic was named to the All-NBA Third Team. He died in a car accident on June 7, 1993.

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