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Kobe Bryant Inducted Into Basketball Hall Of Fame, Vanessa Bryant Calls It The Peak Of His Career

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The late Kobe Bryant leads the star-studded 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame class. His wife Vanessa Bryant speaks out, calling the honor the “peak of his career.” More inside…

 

It comes as no surprise that NBA legend Kobe Bryant would be inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame. Back in January, we told you the five-time NBA champion would be inducted posthumously.

 

 

The 18-time All-Star player has been posthumously elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. And he leads one of the greatest Hall of Fame classes…ever.

The star-studded class also includes Tim Duncan, who won five NBA championships and two MVP awards as the face of the San Antonio Spurs; and Kevin Garnett, who won his own title and an MVP award during a 21-year career mostly with the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves. He’s also a 15-time NBA All-Star.

Also, the Hall of Fame is recognizing a female athlete this year as well. Tamika Catchings, who is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and 2012 WNBA champion with the Indiana Fever, will also be inducted.

Rounding out the class – four coaches and an executive will also be inducted, including Kim Mulkey of Baylor University; Barbara Stevens of Bentley University; Eddie Sutton, most notably of Arkansas and Oklahoma State University; Rudy Tomjanovich of the Houston Rockets; and Patrick Baumann, a longtime executive with the International Basketball Federation, or FIBA.

The 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Class will be enshrined on August 29th in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Sadly, Kobe isn’t with us to celebrate his great accomplishment. The former Los Angeles Lakers player, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant, and seven others died in a horrific helicopter crash on January 26th.

Kobe’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, and his eldest daughter, Natalia Bryant, spoke to ESPN about Kobe’s Hall of Fame induction.

"It's an incredible accomplishment and honor," Vanessa said. "We're extremely proud of him. Obviously, we wish he was here with us to celebrate, but it's definitely the peak of his NBA career and every accomplishment he had as an athlete was a stepping stone to being here."

Peep the clip below:

 

#RIPMamba!

 

Photo: Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock.com

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