Kobe Bryant inducted into Hall of Fame with stellar class

Hall of Fame honorees with family

A picture of Kobe Bryant is shown on a video screen throughout the 2020 Basketball Hall of Popularity awards tipoff on Friday as fellow conscripts Kevin Garnet and Tim Duncan are signed up with by friends and family on the phase. (Kathy Willens / Associated Press)

Kobe Bryant has actually formally been preserved in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Popularity, topping a 20-year profession filled with 5 NBA champions, 18 All-Star looks, 15 All-NBA groups and 12 All-Defensive groups.

His better half, Vanessa, spoke on his behalf, closing the enshrinement event.

Vanessa Bryant and his earliest child, Natalia, accepted Bryant’s Hall of Popularity coat and ring on Friday night, with Vanessa putting the coat on Natalia.

San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan, Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics huge guy Kevin Garnett, and WNBA legend Tamika Catchings were amongst those likewise inducted on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Gambling Establishment and Resort.

“It’s probably one of the best classes that went in at the same time as far as individuals. I mean, that Big 3? I can’t think of a better Big 3 that’s went into the Hall of Fame at the same time better than this one,” LeBron James stated after leading the Lakers to a 122-115 triumph over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. “You look at Kobe’s resume, KG’s resume and Timmy D’s resume. Three of the best players that ever played this game, three champions, there Hall of Famers, three, I mean, MVPs. They got everything that you could ever want in this league. They got everything.”

Bryant’s previous colleague Pau Gasol, along with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, group vice president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka, and Lakers legend Magic Johnson were amongst those in participation to commemorate his enshrinement.

Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan provided Bryant.

The enshrinement ended a 15-month journey into the Hall of Popularity for Bryant, the initial event held off two times since of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020, that unfortunately took his life along with those of the 8 other individuals on board, including his child Gianna.

Bryant played 1,346 routine season video games and 220 more in the playoffs. He retired as the franchise’s all-time leader in video games, minutes, basket efforts and makes, complimentary tosses, takes and points, scoring 33,643 all for the Lakers.

This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.