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CHICAGO — The NBA's head coaches annual meetings in Chicago had an international flavor.

During Wednesday's session most of the day was dominated by a discussion of the league's competition committee with the "royale with cheese" little differences of FIBA basketball fresh in everyone's mind from the Rio Olympics, there was a great opportunity this week to query the men on the sidelines about some rule changes they'd like to see.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass.  — When Shaquille O'Neal was 10 years old, his father made a prediction.

Friday night when his son became a Hall of Famer, it was realized.

Shaq and Allen Iverson headlined the 10-member Class of 2016 enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. One of the most star-packed classes in recent memory, it also featured international star Yao Ming, WNBA great Sheryl Swoopes, coach Tom Izzo, and owner Jerry Reinsdorf, an architect in the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls championship teams of the 1990s.

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