Kobe Bryant induction into Hall of Fame postponed until 2021

Ross Houston
May 28, 2020

The ceremony was originally scheduled for Aug 29. "[The board will] meet in a couple of weeks and look at the options of how and when and where".

Bryant, Garnett and Duncan all got into the Hall in their first year as finalists, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings.

The ceremony will feature three posthumous inductees.


Bryant died on Jan 26 aged 41 in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, that also claimed the life of his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others. Sutton, who went 806-328 in 37 seasons as a Division I head coach, died Saturday at age 84. All stories linked in the newsletter are free to access.

Kobe Bryant and the rest of the stellar 2020 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class will have to wait for enshrinement, with the ceremony set to be postponed until early 2021.

"We're definitely cancelling", Colangelo said. While that much was not a surprise after the superstar player won five rings and was named to the All-Star team eighteen times, the Black Mamba will only be enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2021 due to the ongoing effects of the coronavirus outbreak.


In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, an alternative timeline of hosting the event in mid-October was proposed but Jerry Colangelo, chairman of the board of governors for the Hall, told MacMullan that such a plan was "just not feasible" given the extent of how the novel coronavirus has impacted the United States.

The basketball Hall of Fame, on the other hand, is going to have two separate ceremonies held in the calendar year of 2021 for the Class of 2020 and '21, according to Colangelo.


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