Aug 8, 2014; Springfield, MA, USA; Seven-time NBA All-Star player Alonzo Mourning is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame by presenter Hall of Fame coaches Pat Riley ( 08) and John Thompson ( 99) during the 2014 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Springfield Symphony Hall. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Wizards Links: Weekend Wizards, FIBA World Cup and NBA Hall of Fame Updates

It’s August 9th and we’ve officially hit another slow NBA news day. We’re just a couple of weeks away from the FIBA Basketball World Cup and there have been some interesting developments regarding that. Oh, the NBA Hall of Fame inductions are taking place. Enjoy.

- Scott Howard-Cooper wrote about this year’s NBA Hall of Fame class (via NBA.COM)

They made for an eclectic group: two players who came from long distances to make their true legacy impacts, Alonzo Mourning and Sarunas Marciulionis; two non-players who never went anywhere, David Stern and Bob Leonard; and one player, Mitch Richmond, who uniquely rode a bad team into the Hall of Fame.

- The Washington Wizards congratulated former Wizard, Mitch Richmond, on Twitter

- The Washington Wizards have to find a way to fill a void left by Ariza’s departure (via Wiz of Awes)

Trevor Ariza was the Washington Wizards’ best defensive player last season and arguably one of the most reliable players on that end of the floor in the entire league, and it’s no secret that much of their success is credited to their elite-level defense.

- Albert Lee wrote about the “Free Nene” game against Chicago (via Bullets Forever)

First, this game was a moment where the Wizards were missing one of their most important players in the low post, yet they still won anyway, and in convincing fashion.

- KD withdrew from USA Basketball in order to focus on the upcoming NBA season. He’s being replaced by Kings forward, R. Gay (via CSN Washington)

Sacramento Kings forward and Baltimore native Rudy Gay has been added to the men’s national team roster. The sudden departure of Kevin Durant on Thursday left a scoring void and uncertainty with the Stretch-4 role.

That’s it for today’s Wizardly Links.

We’re just a few weeks away from the FIBA World Cup. I know it’s tough, but basketball is almost back.

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