Kobe Bryant is anticipated to be inducted into the Basketball Corridor of Fame in his first yr of eligibility following his tragic dying in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday.
Basketball Corridor of Fame Chairman Jerry Colangelo informed The Athletic that the 2020 class will likely be top-of-the-line of all time and can embody Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan.
“Expected to be arguably the most epic class ever with Kobe, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett,” Colangelo informed The Athletic. “Kobe will be honored the way he should be.”
In keeping with The Athletic, Bryant will likely be part of the usual screening course of for potential Corridor of Fame inductees on Wednesday. The finalists will likely be named in February throughout NBA All-Star Weekend and the formal inductees will likely be introduced on the NCAA males’s basketball Last 4 in April.
Bryant, Garnett and Duncan had been the one names talked about.
The Basketball Corridor of Fame introduced in December that Chris Bosh, Shawn Merion, Michael Finley, Tamika Catchings and Swin Money had been among the many finalists.
Enshrinement will happen in Springfield, Mass., on Aug. 29.
Bryant was amongst at the very least eight others, together with his daughter, a baseball coach and his household and one other basketball coach, in Calabasas on Sunday.
Bryant was chosen within the first spherical of the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets. He was subsequently traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for Vlade Divac earlier than the beginning of the 1996-97 season. It proved to be some of the vital trades in NBA historical past.
Bryant would assist lead the Lakers to 5 NBA championships and was part of top-of-the-line NBA dynasties alongside Shaquille O’Neal. Bryant and O’Neal received three straight NBA titles from 1999 to 2002. He then received two rings with Pau Gasol in 2009 and 2010.
“The Black Mamba” wrapped up his taking part in profession in 2016. He performed his closing recreation towards the Utah Jazz and completed with an epic efficiency – 60 factors, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
He completed his profession as an 18-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA workforce, 12-time All-NBA Defensive Crew choice, two time NBA Finals MVP and the 2008 NBA MVP.
Garnett and Duncan retired in the identical season Bryant did.
Garnett performed for a number of groups over the course of his NBA profession — the Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets. He received one NBA title, an MVP award and was a 15-time All-Star.
Duncan was part of a few of the best Spurs groups. He was a five-time NBA champion, 15-time All-Star and 15-time All-NBA choice.