Four basketball figures with Laker ties -- James Worthy, Bill Sharman, Tex Winter and Chick Hearn -- and Clipper interim Coach Dennis Johnson were among 21 finalists announced Monday for the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
Worthy was a starting forward for Laker championship teams in 1985, '87 and '88. Sharman coached the Lakers to the NBA title and a league-record 33-game winning streak in 1971-72. Winter, credited with developing the triangle offense, is in his fourth season as a Laker assistant. Hearn, the legendary broadcaster, died Aug. 5.