Late Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was formally inducted in the Hall of Fame on Saturday. Bryant was inducted alongside NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. The three stars, being touted as the greatest trio of players ever to get inducted together, are among the nine members of the 2020 Hall of Fame class who are being belatedly inducted due to the pandemic. As a trio, the three greats are known for dominating the post-Michael Jordan landscape and propelling basketball into the 21st century.
Since Bryant got the honour posthumously, it was his family who was present to receive the honour. Vanessa and Natalia Bryant received Kobe Bryant’s official Hall of Fame Class Jacket and Ring at the Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino. The same was confirmed by the NBA History’s official Twitter handle.
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Fellow inductees also speak highly of Bryant
Meanwhile, Bryant was also remembered by his fellow Hall of Fame Inductees. “Your greatest competition brings the best out of you,” the former San Antonio Spurs star Duncan was quoted as saying. “And that’s what he always did,” he added.
“You always had to be at your best and bring your best from start to finish if you were playing against him or any of his teams, and I think that’s what I appreciate about remembering playing against him and being on the court with him,” he further said.
Meanwhile, former Minnesota Timberwolves star Garnett said, “You can go through the list of NBA greats and I couldn’t pick two better players, not just that, but two better people, to go into the Hall with.”