Ginobili among inductees for Basketball HOF 2022 class

Posted: 02/04/2022 in NBA
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Former San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili will be one of multiple inductees into the Basketball Hall of Fame’s class of 2022, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Ginobili will be joined by former 13-year NBA veteran Tim Hardaway, four-time WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Swin Cash, longtime West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins, and former NBA bench boss George Karl, according to Charania.

Four-time WNBA champion Lindsay Whalen is also part of this year’s class, reports The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski.

The 2022 Hall of Fame class will officially be announced on Saturday.

Ginobili is set to become a first-ballot Hall of Famer. The Argentine played 16 seasons in the NBA, all with San Antonio, winning four championships while earning two All-Star appearances and two All-NBA selections. The 44-year-old was also named the recipient of the 2008 Sixth Man of the Year award.

Internationally, he helped Argentina medal twice at the Olympic Games, winning gold in 2004 and bronze in 2008. He was also part of the squad that won silver at the 2002 FIBA World Cup.

Hardaway spent 13 seasons in the Association, making a majority of his 867 career appearances with the Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat between 1989 and 2001. Together with Hall of Famers Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin, Hardaway was part of the Warriors’ memorable “Run TMC” trio during his first two seasons in the league.

Cash, a 15-year WNBA veteran, played for the Detroit Shock, Seattle StormChicago SkyAtlanta Dream, and New York Liberty from 2002-16. Cash won a pair of national titles in college with UConn in 2000 and 2002, winning the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award in the latter.

Huggins has been the men’s head coach at West Virginia since the 2007-08 season. He’s tallied a 326-188 record and led the program to 10 national tournaments, highlighted by a Final Four run in 2010. Prior to his time with the Mountaineers he spent 16 seasons at Cincinnati, going 398-128 and making the NCAA Tournament for 14 straight years.

Karl is best remembered for a lengthy coaching career in the NBA that spanned nearly three decades. He represented the Cleveland Cavaliers, Warriors, Milwaukee BucksDenver Nuggets, and, most recently, the Sacramento Kings. However, he might be better known for his seven-season tenure with the Seattle SuperSonics. He took the franchise to The Finals in 1996, where they fell to Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls.

The 2013 Coach of the Year went a combined 1,175-824 in his career. He ranks sixth on the all-time leaderboard for wins by a head coach.

Whalen spent her first five seasons with the Connecticut Sun before joining the Minnesota Lynx for multiple title runs. The five-time All-Star was also part of two Olympic gold medal-winning squads with Team USA.

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