Tragically deceased, Kobe Bryant was assigned to Naismith's Basketball Hall of Fame two months after his death. Star Los Angeles Lakers will be accompanied by legendary NBA player idols Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. A total of nine personalities were selected, and they will be solemnly entered into the Springfield Hall of Fame on August 29 if the coronavirus pandemic permits. There is also a backup October term.
Bryant, one of the best players in history, died on January 26 at 41 in a helicopter accident. There was no doubt that the fourth best scorer of history and the five-time NBA champion was included in the Hall of Fame.
Duncan, forty-three, also won five titles in his long career in San Antonio; All three star basketball players have also won MVP awards for the league's most useful player, Duncan even twice.
WNBA champion and four-time Olympic champion Tamika Catchings also met the conditions of admission, gaining at least 18 of the 24 special commission votes, just like the star trio at the first nomination. Also selected were coaches Rudy Tomjanovich, Eddie Sutton, Kim Mulkey and Barbara Stevens, who were the remaining candidates for the February nomination.
In addition, Patrick Baumann, former long-time Secretary General of the FIBA International Basketball Federation, was directly elected in memoriam.