The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has honored many NBA greats, and in August it will enshrine someone who’s gone far, far too soon.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame fully expects to induct Kobe Bryant as part of its 2020 class. Bryant was killed along with his daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash on Sunday.
Kobe Bryant will be a first-ballot enshrinement into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2020.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 27, 2020
"Expected to be arguably the most epic class ever with Kobe, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett," HOF chairman Jerry Colangelo says. "Kobe will be honored the way he should be."
Bryant will be part of standard Hall of Fame screening process on Wednesday, with finalists in February at All-Star break and formal inductees at the Final 4 in April. https://t.co/OYFMwFIJxD— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 27, 2020
Bryant was part of the 2020 class of nominees that was announced in December, which includes Muggsy Bogues, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Tim Hardaway.
The 2020 Hall of Fame class will be officially announced in early April.
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