Nash, Allen among 13 to join Basketball Hall of Fame

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Allen on Miller: He's 'the best shooter I have ever seen in my life'

Allen said during his speech: "I know a lot has been said about me being a great shooter, being one of the best".

Canada's Nash, an eight-time NBA All-Star, ranks third in all-time NBA assists and has the highest career free-throw accuracy percentage, 90.4 percent, in league history over 19 NBA seasons. He ranks second on the National Basketball Association all-time steals list with 2,684 and second on the career assists list with 12,091.

That next player on that list so happens to be another Hall of Famer in former Indiana Pacers star Reggie Miller, who Allen stated in his Hall of Fame speech on Friday was one of his idols growing up.

"Charles (Barkley) told me not to cry, but I'm about to talk about my mother right here", Cheeks said, calling her "My very first coach, Mama Cheeks". "And that's probably the most important thing that I want people to remember is the time that we spent together". Scott was the first African-American to receive an athletic scholarship at North Carolina. The movie has remained a favorite not just of National Basketball Association fans, but as a product of an era that perhaps many of us miss.

Thompson was the first-ever draft pick in the WNBA, a four-time champion in that league and a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

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Kidd, a 10-time NBA All-Star in his 18 campaigns, won an NBA crown with Dallas in 2011.

The Golden State Warriors President and COO, who started in the National Basketball Association as a Seattle SuperSonics ballboy, read a letter that he wrote to his 10-year-old self, telling the boy he will have his dream job by 24. Hill won gold medal in 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He coached Julius Erving to an ABA title in 1974 and was general manager of the Chicago Bulls when they selected Michael Jordan in '84. He is the league's first openly gay executive.

Driesell is the inventor of "Midnight Madness" and the only coach in NCAA history to win at least 100 games at four different schools.

Peeking up at the rotunda where Hall of Famers are displayed, Driesell said: "I think everybody that's ever competed in the game of basketball has a dream of being up there with all those players and coaches".

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