Kobe Bryant posthumously elected to Basketball Hall of Fame…

Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett and six others will forever be basketball legends as it was announced they would be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.The Hall of Fame's announcement was delayed from the NCAA's Final Four weekend in Atlanta after the tournament was canceled due to…


362
1k share, 362 points



Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett and six others will forever be basketball legends as it was announced they would be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Hall of Fame’s announcement was delayed from the NCAA’s Final Four weekend in Atlanta after the tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it comes a little over two months after Bryant died in a helicopter crash.

“We wish that he was here with us to celebrate but it’s definitely the peak of his NBA career and every accomplishment that he had as an athlete was a stepping stone to be here. So we’re incredibly proud of him, and there’s some solace in knowing that he was probably going to be part of the 2020 Hall of Fame class,” Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, said in an interview with ESPN, as she began to choke up.



Let our news meet your inbox. The news and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings.

John Doleva, the president and CEO of the Hall of Fame, said this class was “undoubtedly one of the most historic of all time,” especially during a period of tragedy and hardship for basketball.

“In 2020, the basketball community has suffered the unimaginable loss of iconic figures Commissioner David Stern and Kobe Bryant, as well as the game itself due to COVID-19,” Doleva said. “We have also banded together like never before in appreciation of the game and those who have made it the uniting force it is today.”

Bryant, Duncan and Garnett combined for 48 NBA All-Star game appearances, the most of any trio who retired in the same season. They are inducted alongside basketball coaches Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Kim Mulkey, and Barbara Stevens as well as WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings and French basketball executive Patrick Baumann.

The moment, however, is particularly poignant because of the recent, sudden death of Bryant, considered one of the most elite players to dominate the basketball court for the NBA.

“He was one of the greatest competitors who stepped on the court and made sure his impact was felt on both sides of the ball,” the Hall of Fame said of Bryant.

The all-time leading scorer for the Los Angeles Lakers during his 20-year professional career, Bryant became one of the biggest basketball stars in modern history. The nation came to reflect on Bryant’s career after he died in a helicopter crash with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant on Jan. 26.

“All of us can trust that this Basketball Hall of Fame honor is one Kobe would, and will, deeply appreciate,” Lakers Vice President and General Manager Rob Pelinka said. “The highest of congratulations to you, dear friend. This one is so well deserved — for all the hard work, sweat and toil. Now, a part of you will live in the Hall with the rest of the all-time greats, where your legend and spirit will continue to grow forever.”

Phil McCausland

Phil McCausland is an NBC News reporter focused on rural issues and the social safety net.

Read More…


Like it? Share with your friends!

362
1k share, 362 points

What's Your Reaction?

hate hate
331
hate
confused confused
199
confused
fail fail
663
fail
fun fun
464
fun
geeky geeky
398
geeky
love love
199
love
lol lol
265
lol
omg omg
464
omg
win win
66
win

0 Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Choose A Format
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Poll
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
Story
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
List
The Classic Internet Listicles
Countdown
The Classic Internet Countdowns
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Meme
Upload your own images to make custom memes
Video
Youtube, Vimeo or Vine Embeds
Audio
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Image
Photo or GIF
Gif
GIF format