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Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett all Hall of Fame finalists

CHICAGO — In one of the most anticipated Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame classes in years, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan headline the finalists up for induction in August. 

The finalists were announced on Friday at NBA All-Star Weekend, and Hall of Fame chairman Jerry Colangelo said they kept the class small this year because of the magnitude of the players who are expected to reach the Hall. Colangelo said that was the plan before Kobe Bryant’s death.

“When we met in Dallas after his death, we had to deal with that, and the way we dealt (with) it is that we weren’t going to submit a lot of names,” Colangelo said. “We were going to make it a small class. We want everyone to get their due, and that’s important and sensitive.”

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The other finalists: former WNBA start Tamika Catchings, Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, Bentley University women’s coach Barbara Stevens, former NBA coach Rudy Tomjanovich and longtime college basketball coach Eddie Sutton.  

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