- Kobe Bryant has been included into the 2020 Hall of Fame for basketball players
- American legend Michael Jordan will induct the late LA Lakers icon Bryant in the HoF
- Bryant died along with eight other passengers including his daughter in a helicopter crash
Michael Jordan will induct the late Kobe Bryant into the 2020 Hall of Fame on May 15, 2021, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut, TMZ.
Kobe had always modelled his game after his childhood hero Jordan who had an amazing career with the Chicago Bulls.
It is now the turn of the basketball legend to return the favour by inducting the former LA Lakers point guard into the archives of great players of the game.
Kobe passed away in January 2020 following a helicopter crash that left eight other people died during the harsh winter conditions.
The likes of San Antonio Sours legend Tim Duncan and Minnesota Timberwolves icon Kevin Garnett are also inductees into this year's Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Jordan paid an emotional tribute to Kobe when a memorial service was held shortly after Bryant's death said:
"When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died."
Here is a full list of inductees into the Hall of Fame and their presenters
1. Patrick Baumann, presented by Russ Granik (’13), Vlade Divac (’19)
2. Kobe Bryant, presented by Michael Jordan (’09)
3. Tamika Catchings, presented by Alonzo Mourning (’14), Dawn Staley (’13)
4. Tim Duncan, presented by David Robinson (’09)
5. Kevin Garnett, presented by Isiah Thomas (’00)
6. Kim Mulkey, presented by Michael Jordan (’09)
7. Barbara Stevens, presented by Geno Auriemma (’06), Muffet McGraw (’17)
8. Eddie Sutton, presented by John Calipari (’15), Bill Self (’17), Sidney Moncrief (’19)
9. Rudy Tomjanovich, presented by Calvin Murphy (’93), Hakeem Olajuwon (’08)
Briefly News had also reported that US rap musician Meek Mill has been dragged on social media after rapping about late NBA superstar Kobe Bryant's tragic death.
A snippet of an upcoming track by the US rapper featuring Lil Baby was shared by a Twitter user on Thursday, February 18. US tweeps have flooded social media to slam the star for rapping about Kobe's death in the future release. Kobe died in a helicopter crash in January 2020. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna, six people and the pilot also died in the crash. In the now-deleted snippet, Meek raps:
"And if I ever lack I'm going out with my choppa it be another Kobe."
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