April 2, 2007
ATLANTA (AP) -Phil Jackson, who has won NBA titles in two cities, and Roy Williams, who has taken two schools to NCAA championship games, topped a class of seven selected Monday to enter the Basketball Hall of Fame in September.
Jackson coached the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles before leading the Los Angeles Lakers to three straight championships. Williams is the third coach in history to lead two schools to the NCAA championship game. He won the championship with North Carolina in 2005 and also reached the final with Kansas.
Also selected to the Basketball Hall of Fame were the 1966 NCAA champion Texas Western team, four-time WNBA championship coach Van Chancellor, former NBA referee Mendy Rudolph and international coaches Fedro Ferrandiz of Spain and Mirko Novosel of Yugoslavia.
Among the notable finalists who did not receive the required 18 votes from 24 members of the honors committee were ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale and longtime college coach Eddie Sutton.