Michael Jordan will present Kobe Bryant into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame at the induction ceremony on May 15, the Hall announced in a news release on Thursday.
The class of 2020 – the ceremony was postponed last year because of COVID-19 – is one of the most star-filled classes in Hall history.
The other inductees and their presenters:
- Patrick Baumann, presented by Russ Granik (2013), Vlade Divac (2019)
- Kobe Bryant, presented by Michael Jordan (2009)
- Tamika Catchings, presented by Alonzo Mourning (2014), Dawn Staley (2013)
- Tim Duncan, presented by David Robinson (2009)
- Kevin Garnett, presented by Isiah Thomas (2000)
- Kim Mulkey, presented by Michael Jordan (2009)
- Barbara Stevens, presented by Geno Auriemma (2006), Muffet McGraw (2017)
- Eddie Sutton, presented by John Calipari (2015), Bill Self (2017), Sidney Moncrief (2019)
- Rudy Tomjanovich, presented by Calvin Murphy (1993), Hakeem Olajuwon (2008)
Presenters, who must already be in the Hall of Fame, are often on stage alongside the inductee, but they normally don’t give speeches.
Kobe Bryant (8) modeled his game after Michael Jordan's, especially early in his career. (Photo: H. DARR BEISER, USA Today Sports)
In the case of posthumous inductees, a person accepts the award on their behalf and gives a speech. It is not clear yet who will accept the award on Bryant’s behalf.
The Hall of Fame said presenters are chosen by “incoming Hall of Famers, or their family members if recognized posthumously.”
Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020, in Calabasas, California – just weeks before the Hall of Fame announced Bryant as a finalist.
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