The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on April 15 that Michael Jordan will be introducing NBA legend Kobe Bryant as a posthumous inductee to the Hall of Fame Class of 2020 in the induction ceremony on May 15.
Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, six other passengers, and a pilot, died in a helicopter crash last January 26, 2020. He was only 41 years old.
A private funeral ceremony was held at Pacific View Memorial Park Cemetery in Corona Del Mar, California on February 7, 2020.
Jordan gave an emotional address at the public memorial for his close friend Bryant back in February 24, 2020. In his speech, he mentioned Bryant as his “younger brother.” He further added that Bryant “wanted to be the best basketball player that he could be.” This motivated him “to be the best big brother” that he could be. At the latter part of his speech, he noted: “When Kobe died, a part of me died.”
Kobe Bryant was a huge fan of Jordan, trying to emulate his moves while playing. The shooting guard out of Philadelphia spent his entire twenty-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. During that time, he won five NBA championships, participated in 18 NBA All-Star Games and became one of the best scorers in NBA history.
Edited by Aldo Tong
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