Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant stands among eight finalists named Friday for 2020 induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Kobe Bryant died last month in a helicopter crash along with his daughter Gianna and seven others
It’s a bittersweet moment to know that the Los Angeles Lakers legend name called as a Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Finalist and for him not to be there to hear it.
The Hall of Fame inductees will announce on April 4 in Atlanta at the US College “Final Four” with 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee needed to join the select list.
Other first-time finalists include 15-time NBA All-Star and three-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Tim Duncan, 15-time NBA All-Star and nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection Kevin Garnett and 10-time Women´s NBA All-Star and four-time Olympic champion Tamika Catchings.
“We knew this class had the potential of being one of the most historic of all time,” said Hall of Fame chairman Jerry Colangelo.
Earlier, Famous basketball player Kobe Bryant and his daughter died in a helicopter crash in California including nine others.
Kobe travelled in a private helicopter when it fell down and erupted into flames.
The city of Calabasas said that it heard the news with immense grief.
It said, “The aircraft went down in a remote field off Las Virgenes around 10:00 this morning. Nobody on the ground was hurt,”
The 2020 Grammys kicked off with an emotional tribute to the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
Kobe Bryant’s sudden death in a helicopter crash left Los Angeles in tears on music’s marquee night.
The star-studded event’s top nominee Lizzo owned the stage at the Staples Center.
She laid down the event’s overarching theme, ‘Tonight is for Kobe.’