Worthy, Jones, Brown nominated for Hall

James Worthy, Bobby Jones and Larry Brown are among 14 finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame this year. The Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2002 will be announced on June 5, 2002.

The official press release from the Hall of Fame included the following bios of the former Tar Heels.

JAMES WORTHY, a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, was one of the basketball's greatest fast-break finishers at the college and professional levels. A 6-foot-9, 225 pound power forward who could dominate with his speed and agility, Worthy starred collegiately at the University of North Carolina. He led the Tar Heels to the 1982 NCAA championship and was named MVP of the Final Four. Named Helms Foundation National Player of the Year, Worthy was selected an All-America 11 times throughout his college career by various organizations. Named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996, Worthy played his entire 12-year professional career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He helped lead the Lakers to the 1985, 1987 and 1988 NBA championships and a total of seven NBA Finals appearances. He was named MVP of the 1988 Finals after averaging 22 PPG, 7.4 rpg and 4.4 apg. He was chosen for seven NBA All-star Games (1986-92) and is one of only seven Lakers to have his number (#42) retired.

BOBBY JONES, a native of Akron, Ohio, enjoyed success at the collegiate and professional level at the University of North Carolina (1970-74), with the ABA/NBA Denver Nuggets (1974-78) and the Philadelphia 76ers (1979-1986). At UNC, Jones led the Tar Heels to a berth in the 1972 NCAA Final Four. He was a member of the silver-medal winning Olympic Team in 1972. In his final season at Chapel Hill, Jones was named a Second Team All-America by AP and UPI. Jones began his professional career as member of the ABA's All-Rookie Team (1975), and thrived throughout his 12-year ABA/NBA career on defense. The 6-foot-9, 210 pound Jones was a two-time ABA All-Defensive Team selection and was chosen All-NBA Defensive First Team selection from 1977 to 1984. He was a Second Team choice in 1985. In 1983, Jones helped lead the 76ers to the NBA championship and also earned the NBA's Sixth Man Award. He played in four NBA All-star Games (1977, 1978, 1981, 1982).

LARRY BROWN, a native of Brooklyn, NY, has been a successful college and professional basketball coach for the last 29 years. He has won over 1,000 professional games in the ABA and the NBA and is the only coach in NBA history to lead six different teams to the playoffs. Brown began his coaching career in the ABA with the Carolina Cougars and then the Denver Nuggets and compiled a 229-107 ABA coaching record. He was named ABA Coach of the Year three times (1973, 1975, 1976). In the NBA, he has coached the Denver Nuggets, New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers. He became the 11th NBA coach to win 700 games and ranks ninth on the all-time NBA victory list entering the 2001-2002 season. In the 2001-2002 season, Brown led the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA Finals for the first time in 18 years and was named NBA Coach of the Year. Brown also has enjoyed success in college having led the UCLA Bruins to the NCAA Championship game in 1980 and the University of Kansas Jayhawks to the 1988 NCAA Championship. He was named the 1999 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year and served as an assistant coach for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. He has recorded a winning record in 25 of 28 seasons on the professional and collegiate levels.


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