Kobe Bryant will be posthumously inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, as announced on Saturday. The former Lakers superstar, who died on January 26 in a tragic helicopter crash in the Calabasas Hills, tops the list of fellow legendary Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.
Bryant played his entire career for the Lakers where he reached five titles, where he was singled out as the MVP twice, was voted MVP of the season once, and was selected 18 times for the All-Star Game, in which He was MVP four times.
The ex-player’s widow, Vanessa, who along with her daughter Natalia, said she was very proud of Bryant’s appointment to the Hall of Fame.
“It is an achievement and an honor,” he said. “We are very proud of him. Obviously we want him to be here with us to celebrate … he is definitely the height of his NBA career and every achievement he achieved as an athlete was steps to being here.”
The Lakers also expressed their feelings about the announcement.
“The highest congratulations, dear friend,” said Rob Pelinka, who was Bryant’s agent and is now the Lakers vice president of operations and general manager, in a statement, Sports Illustrated reported. “Now a part of you will live in the Hall with the rest of the greats of all time, where your legend and your spirit will continue to grow forever.”
The 2020 class includes apart from Duncan and Garnett, Tamika Catchings of the WNBA, two-time NBA champion Rudy Tomjanovich, women’s coach Baylor Kim Mulkey, 1,000-game winner Barbara Stevens of Bentley and three-time coach of the Final Four Eddie Sutton.
The August 29 ceremony will be in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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