Vanessa Bryant on Kobe Bryant’s inclusion in Hall of Fame
It has been a weird year. We lost the biggest star of basketball, Kobe Bryant, on January 26, 2020. Later, the pandemic hit. It was a bad start to a year and four months in, it’s still not better. He died in a helicopter crash with his daughter Gianna and seven other passengers. The whole world mourned for the loss of a champion. In February, the basketball star and his daughter were honored in Los Angeles’ Staples Center. His wife, Vanessa Bryant, got a standing ovation for delivering an emotional speech.
Vanessa Bryant, a proud wife
After months of losses, the wound of Kobe’s loss is still fresh. On April 4, 2020, it was announced that this year, he will be entered in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. As of this year, there are 156 male players in the hall of fame. Kobe Bryant has had a marvelous journey and it is only fitting that it ends with his name getting in the hall of fame. Other than Kobe Bryant, five-time NBA champion Tim Duncan and fifteen-time All-Star Kevin Garnett will also be entered this year.
In his 20-year career with Lakers, Kobe was an 18-time All-Star and five-time NBA champion. ESPN aired a rerun of Kobe Bryant’s final NBA game from 2016 on April 4, 2020. The game in which the Lakers faced off against the Utah Jazz. While speaking to ESPN on her husband’s achievements, Vanessa Bryant said that it is surely a proud moment for her.
That Kobe has now entered the Hall of Fame is the culmination of his NBA career. Everything he achieved as an athlete was a stepping stone to get here. It gives us some comfort that he is part of the Class of 2020.