Kobe Bryant, the renowned NBA player, will be posthumously inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Bryant tragically lost his life in January at the age of 41 due to a helicopter crash that took the lives of eight others, including his daughter Gianna, who was 13 years old. In commemoration of his legacy, Bryant has been announced as an inductee into the Class of 2020 alongside fellow NBA stars Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan. The induction ceremony is scheduled to take place at The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, in August.
Determining Bryant’s induction took time, as discussions began after his passing, but the final decision was made after the potential inductees were thoroughly reviewed. Chairman Jerry Colangelo had expressed his certainty that Bryant would be included in the Hall of Fame, stating that he was undoubtedly a first-ballot candidate.
This year marks Bryant’s first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame since he retired from professional basketball in 2016. He had previously expressed his desire to be inducted and mentioned his preference for either Michael Jordan or Phil Jackson, two highly influential figures in his career, to present him. Bryant spoke highly of their mentorship both on and off the court, acknowledging the significant assistance he received throughout his journey.
During his remarkable 20-year career, Bryant played exclusively for the Los Angeles Lakers. He achieved numerous accolades, including five NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVP titles, and being selected as an All-Star 18 times. Moreover, he was honored with the league MVP award.