On Friday in Houston, the Basketball Hall of Fame announced the finalists who will vie to enter its hallowed halls when the official entrants are announced in April at the Final Four. Among the notable names in the finalists include Sonics point guard Gary Payton, New York Knicks legend Bernard King, former Kentucky coach Rick Pitino and legendary UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian. The other two wings of the Warriors' Run TMC crew, Mitch Richmond and Tim Hardaway, are also among the finalists.
This is an incredibly accomplished group and there will be some debate for some of them. But all the finalists are incredibly skilled players and are worthy of at least the discussion of entrance into the Hall in Springfield.
Here are the finalists and a brief description and highlights of a selection of the finalists:
Gary Payton: Payton was one of the best point guards of the 1990s, earning the nickname "The Glove" for his ability to hold and prevent opposing point guards from scoring or i...