Pippen, Malone twice as nice

Two Olympic squads also make hoop Hall

Walt Bellamy (left) of the 1960 Olympic team and Bulls star Scottie Pippen are two of the newest selectees for the Basketball Hall of Fame. Walt Bellamy (left) of the 1960 Olympic team and Bulls star Scottie Pippen are two of the newest selectees for the Basketball Hall of Fame. (Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)
By Joedy McCreary
Associated Press / April 6, 2010

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INDIANAPOLIS — Scottie Pippen considers himself a double winner. He’ll enter basketball’s Hall of Fame as an individual and a member of the Dream Team on the same day.

“I’ll be able to take one trip and kill both,’’ Pippen said with a laugh.

Pippen, Karl Malone, and two of the best US Olympic teams — including that famed 1992 Dream Team — were selected yesterday as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s class of 2010. Malone and Pippen, both eligible for election for the first time, were part of that ’92 Olympic team.

Lakers owner Jerry Buss, high school coaching great Bob Hurley, and WNBA star Cynthia Cooper also were in the class announced at the Final Four. Former Celtics star Dennis Johnson, Gus Johnson, and international star Maciel “Ubiratan’’ Pereira will be honored posthumously.

The 1960 and 1992 US Olympic teams, which both won gold medals, will be part of the induction ceremony Aug. 13.

The 1960 team, led by Jerry West and Oscar Robertson, won eight games by an average of 42.4 points in the Rome Olympics. The Dream Team, the first Olympic team made up primarily of NBA players, had an average margin of victory of 43.8 points in Barcelona.

The announcement brings a pair of the NBA’s best duos into the hall: Malone and John Stockton of the Utah Jazz, and Pippen and Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls.

Malone, a two-time NBA MVP, was an All-Star in 14 of his 19 seasons who led the Jazz to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998. Second all-time in scoring in NBA history, Malone finished his career in 2004 with 36,928 points. Traveling with his family, Malone did not attend yesterday’s announcement.

Both of his trips to the Finals ended with losses to Pippen, Jordan, and the Bulls. Pippen, a seven-time NBA All-Star during his 17-year NBA career, won six championships alongside Jordan, who along with Stockton was inducted into the Hall last year.

“He came first, but it would have been nice if I could have went in before him,’’ Pippen said of Jordan. “I’m happy to be there and get a chance to experience what it’s like to go into the Hall of Fame.’’

Hurley is the third high school coach elected to the hall. He finished with a 957-106 record and 24 state championships in 38 seasons at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, N.J.

“Knowing this and not being able to officially share it with people was driving me crazy,’’ Hurley said.

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