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Dwain Price: Ex-#Mavs G Rolando Blackman and ex-Mavs coach Quinn Buckner will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame this fall. The Hall of Fame ceremony for Rolando Blackman (Kansas State) and Quinn Buckner (Indiana) will be held Nov. 20 in Kansas City. Twitter @DwainPrice

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Kentucky coach John Calipari and four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Dikembe Mutombo are among the finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame's 2015 class. The Hall of Fame announced its 2015 nominees Saturday. The Class of 2015 will be announced April 6. Calipari and Mutombo are joined by longtime NBA referee Dick Bavetta, five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, three-time All-Star Kevin Johnson, three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie, Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, seven-time All-Star Jo Jo White, four-time All-Star Spencer Haywood, former NBA coach Bill Fitch and high school coaches Robert Hughes and Leta Andrews as finalists. ESPN.com

Ethan J. Skolnick: Dikembe Mutombo on being named a Hall of Fame finalist: "To me, it is a dream come true." Twitter @EthanJSkolnick

December 23, 2014 Updates

Tom Penn: I will tell you, that in my years in the front office, no less than five different occasions, my head coach came in upset, reeling and angry and demanding that we waive or get rid of a guy by Monday. I had one Hall of Fame coach come in and say "get rid of three guys by Monday or I quit." It's a very normal, emotional thing, because you want that head coach focused on the next three days rather than the next three years, which is the front office's job. ESPN.com

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David Stern was so afraid of inviting notoriously cantankerous Bill Russell to Stern’s induction ceremony into the Basketball Hall of Fame, the former NBA commissioner had a mutual friend ask the Boston Celtic legend. Russell always felt that black players and coaches were given short shrift in the Hall of Fame, and hadn’t been there in 40 years. He refused to attend both the ceremony when his No. 6 jersey was retired in 1972 by the Celtics and his own induction into the Hall of Fame in 1975. New York Post

August 9, 2014 Updates

With a Kings logo prominent among the emblems gracing the flowing red curtains behind him, Mitch Richmond – light dancing off his diamond earrings and a black suit jacket draped over the broad shoulders that carried his teams to countless hard-fought victories – soaked in his biggest basketball moment at Friday’s Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony. “It’s finally hit me,” he said softly, shortly before stepping foot inside the majestic Springfield Symphony Hall auditorium. “I’m just glad (the Hall of Fame) didn’t overlook me, because I felt underrated my whole career. Having the opportunity now to be rewarded for all the hard work, the sweat I put in, those hours in the gym, I can say it really paid off and it was all worth it.” NBA.com

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