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Shaq, Iverson finalists, Yao could join them in Hall of Fame

Shaquille O'Neal was just 9 years old when his stepfather began teaching him basketball with a plan to dominate like Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Young Shaquille didn't even know who they were.

Now he's on the verge of joining them in basketball immortality.

"He told me this day would happen and I never believed him," O'Neal said of Phillip Harrison, who raised Shaq along with his mother and died in 2013.

O'Neal was chosen Friday as a finalist for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, joining Allen Iverson to highlight the potential class.

Yao Ming could accompany them in Springfield,...

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