Reports: Robinson, Stringer into Hall

Updated: April 3, 2009, 10:35 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Michael Jordan will share the spotlight with at least two others when the Naismith Hall of Fame's Class of 2009 is announced Monday.

Former San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson and Rutgers Scarlet Knights women's coach C. Vivian Stringer will be named to the Hall, according to local reports.

Robinson and Stringer will join other likely inductees, which include Jordan and John Stockton, when the election announcement is made in Detroit during the NCAA Final Four. Enshrinement is set for September at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

"He should be in our hearts forever," former Spurs owner B.J. "Red" McCombs told the San Antonio Express-News about Robinson. "When he came here, we were at a crossroads with the Spurs, and he truly made the difference. He allowed us to compete, and we couldn't have [become champions] without him."

Along with Tim Duncan, Robinson ushered the Spurs to NBA titles in 1999 and 2003 before Robinson's retirement.

"Can you even dream of walking off the court with streamers flying and knowing this is the last time you're going to be on a court?" Robinson said in February, according to the Express-News. "It was the perfect ending."

The Hall's 16 finalists were announced Feb. 13. They also included NBA coaches Don Nelson and Jerry Sloan; former NBA stars Dennis Johnson, Chris Mullin and Bernard King; and two-time WNBA MVP Cynthia Cooper.

For her part, Stringer has amassed an 825-280 career record over four decades in women's college basketball. She trails only Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt on the career victories list.

"It's about time," said former Rutgers player Katie Adams upon hearing the news Thursday night, according to The Star Ledger of Newark. "It's well deserved. I feel like I'm the luckiest person in the world to have been a part of her life and been touched by her. I know all her players feel that way."

Stringer, who has led three separate teams to the Final Four in her 38-year career, guided Rutgers (21-13) to its fifth straight regional semifinals trip this season -- in what was one of her most difficult years. The Scarlet Knights were predicted to finish second in the conference behind Connecticut but ended up in seventh place.

Stringer was honored to be named a finalist in mid-February.

"The Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame is one of those breathless, high emotional entities that speak to the elite [and] the best in the game," she said last month.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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