They will officially be enshrined into the hall on August 29th during a ceremony in Springfield Massachusetts.
The late Kobe Bryant as we all know now passed away on January 26th in a helicopter crash with his daughter Gianna and seven other victims, and he understandably headlines this class.
Jeanie Buss had these remarks on his move into the Hall of Fame:
“He gave everything he had to the game of basketball. His fierce competitiveness, work ethic and drive were unmatched,” Buss said in the statement.
“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.”
Kobe was a five-time NBA Champion and two-time Finals MVP, while also making 18 appearances in the leagues NBA All-Star Game.
Adam Silver proceeded to give Kobe another honor when he decided to name the games MVP trophy after Bryant, dubbing it the Kobe Bryant MVP Award as a nod to his greatness and 18 appearances in the event.
“It seemed like the appropriate way to bring honor to him,” Silver said.
The CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame, John Doleva, notes that this 2020 class is one of the “most historic of all time.”
Doleva said: “We thank the Class of 2020 for all they have done for the game of basketball and we look forward to celebrating them at Enshrinement in August.”