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Nolan Richardson Discusses Election Into Basketball Hall of Fame

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Former Texas Western player Nolan Richardson’s #42 was retired at halftime of the Miners game against NMSU on December 11th, 2011. (Photo by Steve Kaplowitz)

El Paso native and coaching legend Nolan Richardson received the ultimate honor when he was voted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2014 earlier this weekend. He joins fellow coaches Gary Williams and Bob “Slick” Leonard, players Alonso Mourning, Mitch Richmond, Sarunas Marciulionis, Guy Rodgers, and Nat “Sweetwater Clifton, and former NBA commissioner David Stern.

Richardson, who played at Texas Western for coach Don Haskins, is the only coach ever to win a National Junior College, NIT, and NCAA Championship. He joined Sportstalk today to talk about joining basketball’s most-exclusive club in Springfield, Massachusetts.

“I said man, this little boy from El Paso (laughs). I was delighted. You know, that to me is the ultimate goal.”

“The thing that I really enjoy is that I was born in El Paso, I was raised in that city, and I’m a Hall of Famer.”

“I think the most influential coach was Haskins because discipline was so important to him, and discipline became very, very important to me.”

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