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Reggie Miller, Don Nelson head Hall of Fame class | NBA
Five-time All-Star Reggie Miller joined longtime NBA coach Don Nelson on Monday as part of a 12-member class that will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September in Springfield, Mass.
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NEW ORLEANS — Five-time All-Star Reggie Miller joined longtime NBA coach Don Nelson on Monday as part of a 12-member class that will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September in Springfield, Mass.
Miller's sister, Cheryl, was enshrined in 1995.
Ralph Sampson and Jamaal Wilkes join the Hall class, which also includes two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain; longtime college referee Hank Nichols; and the All-American Red Heads — the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters.
The newcomers join five members of the Hall class who already had been announced: seven-time NBA All-Star Chet Walker, Nike co-founder Phil Knight, ABA standout Mel Daniels, Olympian Don Barksdale and Lydija Alexeeva, who led the Soviet Union to two Olympic gold medals.
"I was sitting on my back porch, smoking a cigar, when I got the call," Nelson said. "It was a great moment for me. I'm the luckiest man in the world. I've been involved with the game of basketball for over 60 years, and I've never had a bad day, even when we lost games."
Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas, a former Washington Huskies standout, earned his second Western Conference rookie of the month honor. Thomas led all West rookies in assists (4.9 per game) and was second in points (13.6) in March.
• Randy Foye had 28 points and the Los Angeles Clippers won their sixth consecutive game, 94-75 over the host Dallas Mavericks. The Clippers last won six in a row in March 1992.
• Goran Dragic scored 21 points as Houston beat host Chicago 99-93, handing the league-leading Bulls back-to-back losses for the first time this season.
• O.J. Mayo scored 22 points as Memphis won 94-88 in Oklahoma City, snapping the Thunder's six-game winning streak.