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Ex-commissioner Stern makes Hall

In 30 years as commissioner, David Stern, right, led the league into a new era with Michael Jordan and other stars.

Associated Press (1996)

In 30 years as commissioner, David Stern, right, led the league into a new era with Michael Jordan and other stars.

NEW ORLEANS — David Stern is going from the commissioner's office to the Hall of Fame.

The recently retired Stern was elected Friday to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and will be enshrined with the class of 2014 on Aug. 8 in Springfield, Mass.

Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Kevin Johnson and Spencer Haywood hope to be part of the class. They were chosen as finalists. The full class will be unveiled April 7 during the NCAA men's Final Four.

Stern retired Feb. 1 after exactly 30 years as commissioner. New commissioner Adam Silver attended the news conference in place of Stern, who was on a ski trip to Colorado with his wife.

"I wanted to be here for David because I knew he wasn't in New Orleans this weekend (for the All-Star Game),'' Silver said. "Just to be here to share the experience and then relay it back to him what the feel in the room was.''

Stern was elected by the contributors committee. Also directly elected to the Hall were Lithuanian Sarunas Marciulionis by the international committee, former Pacers coach Bob "Slick" Leonard by the ABA committee, former Knicks standout Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton by the early African-American pioneers committee, and former Temple standout Guy Rodgers by the veterans committee.

College coaches Eddie Sutton, Nolan Richardson and Gary Williams were also finalists, as were former women's coach Harley Redin and the 1972-74 women's teams from Immaculata College.

ALL-STAR GAME: The Rockets' James Harden will replace the Lakers' Kobe Bryant as a starting guard for the Western Conference on Sunday. Bryant, who has not played since Dec. 17 due to injury, was selected a starter in the fan vote. … Pistons forward Andre Drummond had 30 points and 25 rebounds and Cavs guard Dion Waiters scored 31 to lead Team Hill over Team Webber 142-136 in the Rising Stars Challenge.

ANTHONY OPEN TO KNICKS: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said he knows "for a fact" the team won't trade him and he would be open to staying for less than a maximum contract: "I always say if it takes me taking a pay cut, I'll be the first one on (Madison Square Gargen chairman James) Dolan's step saying, 'Take my money; let's build something stronger." The trade deadline is Thursday.

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