Michael Jordan is unable to play in the Hall of Fame induction ceremony ©AFP/Getty Images

Eight leading personalities are set to be inducted into the International Basketball Association (FIBA) Hall of Fame at a special ceremony in Lille this week, although American superstar inductee Michael Jordan will not attend.

Jordan, the six-times National Basketball Association (NBA) winner and two-time Olympic gold medallist and considered one of the sport's greatest players, "deeply regrets" not being able to attend the ceremony on Saturday (September 19) at the Theatre of Hotel Casino Barriere in Lille, because of previous commitments, he claimed.

Five other former players will be present in the French city, including Lithuanian Šarūnas Marčiulionis, a member of the Soviet Union team that won Olympic gold medals at Seoul 1988 and one of the first Europeans to cement a place in the NBA.

Double EuroLeague winner Antoine Rigaudeau, part of the French side who clinched silver medals at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, will also be added.

Player turned coach Anne Donavan is a second American on the list of inductees ©AFP/Getty Images
Player turned coach Anne Donavan is a second American on the list of inductees ©AFP/Getty Images

They will be joined by three-time FIBA World Cup medallist Vladimir Tkachenko of Ukraine, Cuban Olympic bronze medallist Ruperto Herrera Tabio, as well as American Anne Donovan, a double Olympic champion at Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988 and who also coached the US team that won at Beijing 2008.  

As well as retired players, Australian coach Jan Stirling, awarded a member of the order of Australia in 2008 for her services to the sport, technical official Robert Blanchard of France and Israel's Noah Klieger, former chairman of the basketball section of the International Sports Press Association and a leading basketball journalist, will also be inducted.

The ceremony will take place on the eve of the final of the EuroBasket 2015 Final the following day in Lille, with the eight inductees present set to parade during half-time of the final.

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