Warriors Legend Al Attles Elected to Basketball Hall of Fame as Contributor

Al Attles' number hangs in the Oracle Arena rafters, but the Warriors legend is about to receive basketball's highest honor. 

Attles has been elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor, ESPN's Marc Spears reported Friday night. The Hall confirmed the news Saturday.

Attles spent the entirety of his playing and head-coaching career with the Warriors. He followed the franchise from Philadelphia to the Bay Area, averaging 8.9 points and 25.1 minutes per game in 711 games. The latter mark is the fifth-most in franchise history.

Attles took over as player-coach during the 1969-70 season, and continued to coach the team beyond his retirement as a player in 1971. In total, Attles coached 1,075 games with the Warriors, leading the franchise to its first NBA championship in the 1974-75 season and six playoff appearances in 14 seasons.

Attles remained with the organization following his final season as head coach in 1982-83, and is in his 59th year with the Warriors. He is the team's longest-tenured employee, and currently serves as a community ambassador.

Former Kings coach Paul Westphal, current Kings general manager Vlade Divac, former Bucks guard Sidney Moncrief, former 76ers forward Bobby Jones and basketball pioneer Chuck Cooper also will join Attles in the Class of 2019. Other honorees include Bill Fitch, Jack Sikma, Teresa Weatherspoon and the Tennessee A&I teams of 1957-1959.

Attles and Co. will be enshrined into the Basketball Hall on Sept. 5-7 in Springfield, Mass.

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