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"I don't want to say jealous -- he was out of the game before me," Pippen quipped. "He came first, but it would have been nice if I could have went in before him. ... I'm happy to be there and get a chance to experience what it's like to go into the Hall of Fame. It's a great experience."
Hurley is the third high school coach elected to the hall. He finished with a 957-106 record and 24 state championships in 38 seasons at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, N.J.
Fittingly, Hurley's election to the hall was announced in Indianapolis, where 19 years ago his son Bobby led Duke to its first national championship. The Blue Devils were playing Butler later Monday night with their fourth title on the line.
The elder Hurley joked that he was more nervous about this announcement than he was before his son's '91 title game -- because he was afraid he'd let the secret slip out.
"He was playing, not me," Hurley said. "A high school game goes an hour and 10, an hour and 15 minutes, and bang, it's done. (Keeping the secret) has been days of waiting. To walk up on that stage was really nerve-racking. Knowing this and not being able to officially share it with people was driving me crazy, and you're so excited about it that you wanted (to tell). I wanted to tell the guy who was pumping gas the other day."
Also, the announcement came a few days after the release of a documentary about Hurley and his program, which he said was modeled after Morgan Wootten's fabled DeMatha Catholic powerhouse.
"The stars are all aligned right now," Hurley said.
The Lakers have won nine NBA championships and 16 Western Conference titles since they were bought in 1979 by Buss, who did not attend the announcement.
Gus Johnson, who died in 1987, was a five-time All-Star who led the Baltimore Bullets to the playoffs five times in nine seasons. He scored 9,944 points and had 7,379 rebounds in 10 NBA seasons and led the Indiana Pacers to the 1973 ABA title.
Pereira, known as "The King" in his home country of Brazil, won five South American Championships and 11 title in that country's Sao Paulo League before his death in 2002.
Cooper, who has coached at Prairie View A&M since 2005, won two WNBA MVP awards and led the Houston Comets to the league's first four championships before retiring in 2003. She brought her 7-year-old twins to Indianapolis, saying she hopes when they grow up, they'll realize that "Hey, Mom was pretty good back in the day."
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