Michael Cooper

Basketball Hall Of Fame Announces 11 Finalists For ’22

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 11 finalists for the class of 2022 Friday evening (video link). They are as follows:

  • Leta Andrews, the all-time winningest high school coach, male or female
  • Swin Cash, a three-time WNBA Champion, four-time All-Star and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist (Cash is currently the vice president of basketball operations and team development for the Pelicans)
  • Michael Cooper, a five-time NBA Champion and eight-time All-Defensive team member, who was Defensive Player of the Year in 1987
  • Hugh Evans, a former NBA referee who officiated over 2,200 games, including 35 in the NBA Finals
  • Manu Ginobili, a four-time NBA Champion, two-time All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Tim Hardaway, a five-time NBA All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Bob Huggins, a longtime NCAA coach with more than 900 career wins, whose teams have made 25 NCAA tournament appearances
  • Marques Johnson, a five-time NBA All-Star and NCAA Champion
  • George Karl, the 2013 Coach of the Year who’s sixth all time in wins for NBA head coaches
  • Marianne Stanley, the 2002 WNBA Coach of the year who led Old Dominion to the NCAA National Championship in 1985
  • Lindsay Whalen, a four-time WNBA Champion, five-time All-Star and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist

The selections will be announced on April 2, at the NCAA Men’s Final Four in New Orleans, per a league press release.

The Hall of Fame also announced that the ’22 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award went to Reggie Minton, who coached Air Force Academy from 1984-2020.

Finally, the three recipients for the ’22 Curt Gowdy Media Award were Dick Ebersol (Transformative), the former president of NBC Sports who created the NBA on NBC; Mechelle Voepel of ESPN (Print), a longtime women’s basketball writer; and Walt Frazier (Electronic), the longtime color commentator for the Knicks, who’s already in the Hall of Fame as a player.