Today is a great day if you are a Lakers fan, and I am!!!!

Chick Hearn was inducted into the Hall of Fame as an announcer (one of the best announcers ever; you didn't even have to watch TV to "see" what was going on in the game).

James Worthy was finally inducted after not making it his first 2 times. Man, how could one of the greatest finishers on a fast break in NBA history and a clutch player in the play-offs, not to mention one of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time, NOT be inducted on his first year of eligibility.

Nevertheless, Worthy finally got inducted.

On a sad note, Tex Winter missed out, yet again. This guy spent almost 60 years coaching, was the inventor of the Triangle Offense (that helped Jordan win 6 titles; and Shaq/Kobe win 3 titles, going on 4 this year)..***NOT*** be inducted??



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and here's the news story:

Parish, Worthy among seven elected to Hall of Fame
April 7, 2003
SportsLine.com wire reports

NEW ORLEANS -- Robert Parish and James Worthy led a group of seven players, coaches and broadcasters elected Monday to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Joining Parish and Worthy, both chosen among the top 50 players in NBA history, are Italian star Dino Meneghin, longtime Louisiana Tech women's coach Leon Barmore, black pioneer Earl Lloyd, Meadowlark Lemon of the Harlem Globetrotters and Chick Hearn, the late Los Angeles Lakers' broadcaster .

The class of 2003 was selected from a record group of 30 finalists, with Parish and Barmore earning election in the first year of eligibility.

The 49-year-old Parish holds the NBA record for most seasons and games played with 21 years and 1,611 games. He came to the Golden State Warriors in 1976, played four years there and then 14 with the Boston Celtics, where he won NBA championships in 1981, 1984 and 1986.

Worthy, 42, spent his entire 12-year NBA career with the Lakers, winning titles in 1985, 1987 and 1988. He was voted the outstanding player in the Final Four in 1982 as a member of the North Carolina team that won the NCAA title.

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