Woodard Elected to Hall of Fame

<b>SAN ANTONIO, TX., April 5, 2004</b> - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that four players, one coach and one contributor have been elected for Enshrinement on September 10, 2004 in Springfield, Mass., the birthplace of basketball. The six new electees represent the 46th group to enter the Hall of Fame since the process began in 1959.

John L. Doleva, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Basketball Hall of Fame, announced that former Portland Trail Blazer and Houston Rockets All-Star Clyde Drexler, Phoenix Suns owner Jerry Colangelo, championship coach Bill Sharman, legendary women's basketball superstar Lynette Woodard, the late Maurice Stokes, and dominant international guard Drazen Dalipagic comprise the Class of 2004. Sharman joins John Wooden and Lenny Wilkens as only the third person in Basketball Hall of Fame history to be enshrined as both a coach and a player.

The Class of 2004 was selected from a group of 16 finalists. The Honors Committee elected Drexler and Woodard on their first year of eligibility. Colangelo and Sharman had been finalists the previous two years; Dalipagic was a finalist last year and Stokes was a first-time finalist after being reactivated by the Veterans Committee in 2003.

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