Kobe among eight 2020 finalists for Basketball Hall of Fame

Ruben Hill
February 15, 2020

As part of the annual tradition of NBA All-Star Weekend, in which the game is celebrated throughout the weekend, the James Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 2020 class of finalists, of which a select few will be inducted into the hall in Springfield, Massachusetts, later this year.

Duncan was a 15-time All-Star and a five-time champion with the San Antonio Spurs, with whom he also spent his entire career.

The finalists were picked from nearly 200 nominees, and announced at the United Center on Friday during NBA All-Star Weekend.

"When the nominees for the Class of 2020 were announced in December, we knew this class had the potential of being one of the most historic of all time", Hall of Fame chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a statement.

"In my case it was personal... so much more hard for me and family", said Colangelo, a long-time National Basketball Association executive who was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2004. His resume includes an NBA MVP award, three NBA Finals MVP trophies, eight selections to the NBA All-Defensive first-team and the Rookie of the Year award in 1998. Bryant also sits as the Lakers' all-time leader in several categories, including games played and steals. The latter of whom will have his jersey retired by the Celtics this season.

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. The enshrinement ceremony will take place at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. on August 29.

Joining the three NBA legends as finalists are Baylor coach Kim Mulkey, NBA coach Rudy Tomjanovich, Division II women's coach Barbara Stevens, longtime men's college coach Eddie Sutton, and WNBA player Tamika Catchings.

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