Kobe Bryant among eight 2020 finalists for Basketball Hall of Fame

Bryant Named Basketball Hall of Fame Finalist 3 Weeks After Death

Bryant Named Basketball Hall of Fame Finalist 3 Weeks After Death

Three weeks after Kobe Bryant, one of the most dominant players in NBA history, was killed with his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash, the global sports icon was named a finalist to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Bryant, an 18-time NBA All-Star in his first year of eligibility, is considered a certainty to join the ranks of the sport's immortals by being enshrined at the honor shrine in Springfield, Massachusetts. At Wake Forest, he was a three-time First Team All-American and won the AP College Player of the Year award.

Former NBA star Kobe Bryant CEO of Kobe Inc speaks at the Milken Institute Global Conference

"We've never had a class that strong at the top". I'd also say the impact Chris Webber had as part of the Fab 5 at MI in college then as a pro should have him in the Hall of Fame. Bryant also sits as the Lakers' all-time leader in several categories, including games played and steals.

Other finalists rounding out the class, announced during the NBA's 2020 All-Star weekend in Chicago, are Baylor University women's basketball head coach Kim Mulkey, former Houston Rockets forward and two-time champion head coach Rudy Tomjanovich, Bentley University women's basketball head coach Barbara Stevens, retired Arkansas and Kentucky men's basketball head coach Eddie Sutton, and retired Indiana Fever WNBA champion Tamika Catchings. Other notable names on the list with Bryant, a five-time National Basketball Association champion and the fourth all-time leading scorer in league history, are former San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett, a 15-time all-star who played primarily for the Minnesota Timberwolves. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were on board a helicopter that crashed in Calabasas, California, on January 26. Those who are inducted will be enshrined during ceremonies from August 28-30 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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