The late, great Kobe Bryant will be headlining this year's class of Hall of Fame inductees. With the enshrinement ceremonies fast approaching, it has been revealed that the family of the Los Angeles Lakers legend, led by his wife, Vanessa, has every intention of playing a significant role in the ceremony.
According to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame CEO John Doleva, he has personally been in touch with Vanessa, who herself has indicated that they want to be involved in the enshrinement ceremony:
“I had the opportunity to speak very briefly with Mrs. Bryant and she was very appreciative and very emotional,” Doleva said, via Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe. “She has certainly indicated to be very involved, she and her family and others, in his enshrinement ceremony when it happens.”
This is great news not only to the avid supporters of Bryant but for the rest of the basketball world as well. Kobe is without a shadow of a doubt one of the best players who has ever graced the sport, and the fact that he could not be present to accept the ultimate honor of his basketball career is disappointing, to say the least. In this respect, it is only ideal that the person or people who take his place in the ceremony is none other than his wife and his loving daughters.
Doleva went on to explain how there has been a clamor for a proper Kobe Bryant eulogy during his enshrinement, which might also mean that they will be inviting a number of his former teammates and peers to speak during the ceremony.
“People are going to want to hear about Kobe personally, not just a vignette,” Doleva said. “Whether that’s his wife or his teammates or a combination thereof.”
Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and Tamika Catchings comprise the other three inductees of the 2020 Hall of Fame Class.