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As expected, Duncan, Bryant, Garnett headline list of Hall of Fame finalists


CHICAGO – Tim Duncan, the late Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett headline the list of finalists announced Friday for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020.

Overall, the North American and Women’s Committees presented eight finalists – four players and four coaches – to be considered for election.

Duncan, who led the Spurs to five NBA titles, was one of four first-time finalists. The others were Bryant, another five-time champion; 15-time All-Star and one-time NBA champ Kevin Garnett; and four-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings.

“His consistency stands out the most,” Jerry Colangelo, chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, said of Duncan. “He was like a machine. He was as good fundamentally as any big who has ever played. For a big, his skill level was over the top, and to be able to maintain it as many years as he did, tells you why he’s deserving of this recognition.”

The four other finalists have all been finalists before: Baylor women’s basketball coach and three-time NCAA champion Kim Mulkey, five-time Division II national coach of the year Barbara Stevens, four-time national coach of the year Eddie Sutton and Rudy Tomjanovich, who coached the Houston Rockets to back-to-back titles in the 1990s.

For the third-year in a row, Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon failed to make the cut.

FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, left, talks with forward Tim Duncan (21) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in San Antonio. Duncan is back with the Spurs, this time as an assistant coach. Duncan won five championships in a 19-year career with the Spurs. Popovich, in a release distributed by the team, says “it is only fitting, that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant, that he returns the favor.” (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) less
FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, left, talks with forward Tim Duncan (21) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in San … more

Photo: Eric Gay, Associated Press

Photo: Eric Gay, Associated Press

FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, left, talks with forward Tim Duncan (21) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in San Antonio. Duncan is back with the Spurs, this time as an assistant coach. Duncan won five championships in a 19-year career with the Spurs. Popovich, in a release distributed by the team, says “it is only fitting, that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant, that he returns the favor.” (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) less
FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, left, talks with forward Tim Duncan (21) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in San … more

Photo: Eric Gay, Associated Press

As expected, Duncan, Bryant, Garnett headline list of Hall of Fame finalists

The 2020 class will be revealed on April 4 at the men’s Final Four in Atlanta.

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