Former Sonic Gary Payton officially elected to Hall of Fame

Former Sonic Gary Payton officially elected to Hall of Fame

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CHICAGO - JUNE 16: Gary Payton #20 of the Seattle SuperSonics drives to the basket against Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls during Game Six of the 1996 NBA Finals at the United Center on June 16, 1996 in Chicago Iillinois. The Bulls won 87-75. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by Andy Hayt/NBAE via Getty Images)

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 7:26 PM

ATLANTA  -- Former Seattle SuperSonics guard Gary "The Glove" Payton was among seven people elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Joining Payton in the class of 2013 are current Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, former NBA stars Bernard King and Gary Payton, former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, North Carolina women's coach Sylvia Hatchell, former University of Houston coach Guy Lewis, former University of Virginia star Dawn Staley.

Payton was a nine-time All-Star, a nine-time All-Defensive player first team and was 1996 Defensive Player of the Year. He holds the Sonics record for points, assists and steals. He later won an NBA title with the Miami Heat in 2006.  He's also won Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2000.

Pitino's Cardinals were set to face Michigan Monday night for the NCAA Championship.

The inductions will take place in Springfield, Mass. in September.

Inductees announced previously were Edwin E.B. Henderson, a direct elect by the Early African Pioneer Committee, longtime Indiana Pacers guard Roger Brown, Oscar Schmidt of Brazil, the leading scorer in Olympic history, Richie Guerin, a star for the New York Knicks in the 1950s, and Russ Granik, the longtime assistant commissioner of the NBA.


 

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