The Basketball Hall of Fame has announced that they will bypass the normal election process and induct NBA legend Kobe Bryant Into Hall Of Fame.
In a statement released by Shams Charania of The Athletic on Twitter, he said the Hall of Fame chairman, Jerry Colangelo has confirmed that Bryant will lead the 2020 class, which could also include Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.
Kobe Bryant will be a first-ballot enshrinement into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2020.
“Expected to be arguably the most epic class ever with Kobe, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett,” HOF chairman Jerry Colangelo says. “Kobe will be honored the way he should be.”
Bryant will be part of standard Hall of Fame screening process on Wednesday, with finalists in February at All-Star break and formal inductees at the Final 4 in April.
This comes a day after the LA Lakers legend died in a tragic helicopter crash with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others on Sunday.
During his career, Kobe Bryant won five NBA championships, had 18 All-Star appearances, and 15 selections to an All-NBA team. He currently ranks fourth all-time in points and owns every Lakers’ scoring record.