Basketball Hall Of Fame Finalists Boast Bay Area Connections

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Former Warriors stars Chris Mullin and Jamaal Wilkes and are among 12 finalists for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame.  Stanford women’s coach Tara VanDerveer, was also nominated Friday in Los Angeles, where the NBA All-Star game will be played this weekend.

Al Attles, the current vice president and assistant general manager of the Warriors was honored as well, as was Ralph Sampson, who played for the Warriors late in his career.

Mullin was a fan favorite in the 80’s and 90’s, and served as the team’s Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for much of the last decade.

Wilkes won four NBA titles with Golden State and the Lakers after starring at UCLA.

The other finalists are former NBA stars Maurice Cheeks and Dennis Rodman, five-time Olympian Teresa Edwards, former NBA coach Dick Motta, Philadelphia University coach Herb Magee, college referee Hank Nichols, and Tex Winter, who was the architect of the triangle and triple-post offense.

Those elected to the Hall of Fame will be introduced April 3 at the men’s Final Four in Houston. The induction ceremony is at the hall in Springfield, Mass., from Aug. 11-13.

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