In the end, Indiana coach Bob Knight, whose successes and excesses have illuminated the game, went gently into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

The gruffness was replaced with humility and his thoughts were of others Monday in this city where basketball began a century ago."More than anything else, when a coach is honored, it is a team honor," Knight said. "For all the people of all my teams, most of all the players, I'm very appreciative.

Also inducted were point guard Nate "Tiny" Archibald and two big men - Dave Cowens, who played most of his pro career with the Boston Celtics, and Harry Gallatin, who starred for the New York Knicks during the late 1940s and 1950s; former NBA commissioner Larry O'Brien, who died last September; Boris Stankovic, head of the International Basketball Federation; and the late Larry Fleisher, who founded the NBA Players Association.