SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Gary Payton grew up on the West Coast and became a dominant defender. Bernard King got his start on the East Coast and developed into a great scorer.
They are two of a group of 12 being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Others include Louisville coach Rick Pitino and two former college coaches — Jerry Tarkanian and Guy Lewis. E.B. Henderson, who introduced basketball to African-American students in Washington, D.C., and four-time ABA All-Star Roger Brown will be enshrined posthumously.
Also being inducted are North Carolina women's coach Sylvia Hatchell, five-time WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley, former Knicks guard Richie Guerin, NBA deputy commissioner Russ Granik and Oscar Schmidt, who played in five Summer Olympics for Brazil.