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Cooper-Dyke enters hoops hall; Jordan in again


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- For the second year in a row, the induction ceremony at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Massachusetts tonight will have a big connection to the Port City. New UNCW women's basketball coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke is among the new members being enshrined.

Cooper-Dyke is regarded as one of the greatest women's players ever. She won two NCAA titles, an Olympic gold medal for the USA in 1988 and four WNBA crowns. She became the women's league's first superstar and its first Hall of Famer.

Today she received her Hall of Fame blazer and talked about the honor.

"Growing up in the inner city, you don't have many dreams of being in the Hall of Fame," Cooper-Dyke said. "So for me to be inducted here as a part of the class of 2010, it's a dream that I could have never dreamed, but I'm glad I'm living this on, and I'm glad it came true."

Cooper-Dyke is not the only gold medalist going in to the Hall tonight. The 1992 Olympic "Dream Team" will also be enshrined. It, of course, included Wilmington's own Michael Jordan, who entered the Hall himself last year. Jordan will be part of the ceremony tonight, as he introduces his Bulls and Olympic teammate Scottie Pippen, who is being inducted tonight as well.

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