Bill Fitch, the first coach of the Cavaliers, was announced as a first-time finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Fitch, who guided the Boston Celtics to the 1981 NBA title and compiled a 944-1106 record, is one of 12 finalists for the class of 2012.
Fitch, who had a 304-434 record as Cavs coach for nine seasons, was joined as a first-time finalist by Reggie Miller, a five-time All-Star with the Indiana Pacers, five-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino, and two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain. On the ballot again are Don Nelson, Maurice Cheeks, Bernard King, Dick Motta, Hank Nichols, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes and the All-American Red Heads, known as the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters.
The 2012 class will be announced April 2 in New Orleans during the menís Final Four tournament. Also honored were five direct elections, who will serve as the initial 2012 inductees: Mel Daniels, voted by the American Basketball Association Committee; Don Barksdale from the Early African-American Pioneers Committee; Lidia Alexeeva from the International Committee; Chet Walker from the Veterans Committee; and Phil Knight from the Contributors Committee.
ē The Milwaukee Bucks say center Andrew Bogut wonít need surgery on his injured left ankle. Milwaukee General Manager John Hammond says doctors reviewed a CT scan performed on his ankle Tuesday and agree his ankle is healing properly. He is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks. Bogut will be allowed to go to the next stage of his rehabilitation program and have another scan in about a month.