Mullin, Jackson lead Basketball Hall of Fame finalists

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HALL OF FAME: Phil Jackson, Chris Mullin and Dick Vitale led the list of 15 finalists for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame announced during the NBA's All-Star weekend Friday.

They were joined by former players Adrian Dantley and Richie Guerin; coaches Roy Williams, Eddie Sutton and Bob Hurley Sr.; owner Bill Davidson; and the 1966 Texas Western NCAA championship team.

Referee Mendy Rudolph, Yugoslavian coach Mirko Novosel, Spanish coach Pedro Ferrandiz and former U.S. women's basketball coaches Van Chancellor and Harley Redin also were selected by the four screening committees that nominate finalists.

The 2007 class will be announced April 2 at the Final Four in Atlanta, with the induction ceremonies in Springfield, Mass., on Sept. 7.

OUT OF RETIREMENT: Scottie Pippen is tired of retirement. He wants to return to the NBA for a chance to win his seventh championship ring.

With most of the league's stars and decision-makers gathering at the All-Star weekend festivities in Las Vegas, the 41-year-old Pippen announced he's hoping for a late-season return to a contending team - preferably in a warm-weather city - nearly 2 years after he left the league.

"I know that I have the skills," said Pippen, who hasn't played since his retirement on Oct. 5, 2004. "I think it's sort of been on my mind the last couple of months. It's just about me going out and polishing my skills."

COURTS: The estranged wife of Jason Kidd has charged that the New Jersey Nets All-Star guard physically abused her and cheated on her throughout their 10-year marriage.

In responding to divorce papers Jason Kidd filed in January, Joumana Kidd asserted that her husband's "numerous liaisons and perpetual physical and emotional abuse" led to the divorce.

Jason Kidd's lawyer, though, said that the "bizarre allegations will be proven false."


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