SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Class of 2016 at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame may be one of its best ever.READ MORE: Look Up To See Bright Comet Leonard In December Before It Vanishes Forever
Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson and Yao Ming headline the class that will officially be enshrined Friday night.
Joining them in the 10-member class will be longtime Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes, NAIA coaching legend John McLendon (posthumous), former referee Darell Garretson (posthumous), executive Jerry Reinsdorf, ABA star Zelmo Beaty (posthumous) and early African-American pioneer Cumberland Posey (posthumous).READ MORE: CEO Doug Parker To Retire From Fort Worth-Based American Airlines In 2022
O’Neal, one of the most dominant big men to play the game, says it’s appropriate that he and Iverson, one of the sport’s best smaller players, will be inducted together as game changers.
Hall chairman Jerry Colangelo, a 2004 inductee, says it might be one of the top five classes he has seen.MORE NEWS: 'My Home Is Still Uninhabitable': 10 Months After Winter Storm Some Texans Still Waiting On Insurance Claims
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