Payton elected to Hall of Fame

Published On: Apr 08 2013 02:30:15 PM EDT
Updated On: Apr 08 2013 07:33:32 PM EDT

ATLANTA -

Former Heat guard Gary Payton is going to the Hall of Fame.

The man nicknamed "the glove" for his great defense, will be inducted along with 6 others.

Payton was part of the Heat's 2006 championship team.

Joining him this year will be Rick Pitino, who will coach Louisville in the NCAA championship game Monday night.

Also in the class of 2013, announced Monday, are former NBA star Bernard King, 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.

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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