About 7,000 players, coaches, basketball officials, many home state fans and others set off throaty chants of "Lah-ree, Lah-ree, Lah-ree" for two minutes to celebrate Larry Bird's induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame Friday night at this city's Civic Center.

The Boston Celtics great enters the shrine with two other players - Marques Haynes of the Harlem Globetrotters and Arnie Risen, also of the Celtics.Other inductees are coaches Alex Hannum of the 1967 NBA champion Philadelphia 76ers, Jody Conradt of the University of Texas and Aleksandar Nikolic of Yugoslavia.

Atlanta Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens, inducted as a player in 1989, was honored again, this time as the NBA's winningest coach. He has an NBA coaching record of 1,120-908, including a 1979 championship with Seattle.