It’s been a strange 2020 so far for the world of sports. From Kobe Bryant being killed on January 26 in a helicopter crash to social distancing becoming the new normal. Sports fans around the world are searching for anything to fill the void left by the coronavirus pandemic shutdown.
While Saturdays Hall of Fame Basketball announcement isn’t in any way a replacement for live sports, but it did give sports fans at least an hour of positive programming.
Basketball Hall of Fame
Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett and seven other finalists were selected to enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Joining Bryant and Garnett will be legendary San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan; former Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich, who won two titles; four-time NCAA coach of the year Eddie Sutton; 10-time WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever; coach Kim Mulkey of three-time women’s NCAA champion Baylor; five-time Division II coach of the year Barbara Stevens of Bentley University; and longtime FIBA executive Patrick Baumann was selected to be inducted on Saturday, August 29, 2020.
The Black Mamba
The Black Mamba (Kobe Bryant) won five rings, he also won a league MVP, and was a 15-time All-NBA selection and an 18-time All-Star during his 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bryant’s entrance into the Hall of Fame was a sure thing, but still, it was surreal to see the official news announcement that he had completed his journey to the Hall of Fame.
“It’s definitely the peak of his NBA career, and every accomplishment that he had as an athlete was a steppingstone to be here,” Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, told ESPN in a video interview Saturday.
“No amount of words can fully describe what Kobe Bryant meant to the Los Angeles Lakers,” Lakers controlling owner and president Jeanie Buss said in a statement. “Kobe was not only a proven winner and a champion, he gave everything he had to the game of basketball. His fierce competitiveness, work ethic and drive were unmatched.
“Those qualities helped Kobe lead us to five titles — and have now brought him to the Hall of Fame, where he will be enshrined with the greatest to have ever played the game. No one deserves it more.”