Rick Pitino joins Naismith Hall of Fame finalists

Rick PitinoFive-time All-Star Reggie Miller and Don Nelson, the league’s winningest coach, headline the list of 12 finalists for the 2012 class for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  Miller was joined Friday by three other first-time finalists — five-time Final Four coach Rick Pitino, former NBA coach Bill Fitch and two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain.  Previous finalists on the ballot again are Nelson, Maurice Cheeks, Bernard King, Dick Motta, Hank Nichols, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes and the Red Heads, known as the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters and the first women’s professional basketball team.  The class of 2012 will be announced April 2 at Final Four in New Orleans. A finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election.