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Kobe Bryant one of eight finalists announced Friday as candidates for enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame later this year.

15.2.2020

Kobe Bryant one of eight finalists announced Friday as candidates for enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame later this year.

Kobe Bryant was one of eight finalists announced Friday as candidates for enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame later this year, a decision that came as absolutely no surprise in his first year of eligibility.

February 14, 2020, 6:09 PM CHICAGO — The list of finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame is considerably shorter than usual. The voters really didn’t need more this year. Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett — 48 All-Star nods between them — headlined the class of eight finalists announced Friday by the Hall of Fame. Each will still need to collect 18 votes from a 24-person panel before officially becoming Hall of Famers, which is certainly no more than a formality at this point. In recent years, finalist classes have been around 13 people. But the star power at the top forced the Hall to change its thinking this year, a decision that was made before Bryant died unexpectedly in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Jan. 26. "We did it because of the enormity, even before Kobe’s death, that we think Kobe and Duncan and Garnett bring to it," said Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "We’ve never had a class that strong at the top. And then, of course, with Kobe’s death it added more focus." Bryant, Duncan, Garnett and 10-time WNBA All-Star and four-time Olympic gold medallist Tamika Catchings are all first-time finalists. The other finalists have all been to this point previously: Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, former Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich, five-time Division II women’s coach of the year Barbara Stevens of Bentley, and four-time national men’s college coach of the year Eddie Sutton. This year’s enshrinement class will be announced on April 4 at college basketball’s Final Four in Atlanta. The induction ceremony in Springfield, Massachusetts is Aug. 29. "Hall of Famer is something you don’t really think about, you don’t really dream about," Garnett said. "It just happens. … This is one of the more overwhelming situations I’ve ever been in." Bryant was an 18-time All-Star and five-time NBA champion during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and is the No. 4 scorer in league history. He died with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others as the group was on its way to a basketball tournament last month. The Hall is hoping to find a way to strike very different tones this year: Celebrating the new Hall of Famers, while also paying tribute to giants of the game who have died in recent weeks — Bryant, former NBA Commissioner David Stern and legendary high school coach Morgan Wootten among them. "There’s a great sensitivity … but it’s going to be done the right way," Colangelo said. Catchings is also a past WNBA MVP, won a national championship under coach Pat Summitt at Tennessee and was a four-time All-American with the Lady Vols. "I’m just so blessed," Catchings said. "I’m so thankful." The Hall also announced its Curt Gowdy Media Award recipients for this year: sportswriter and commentator Michael Wilbon, who spent three decades at The Washington Post and now is with ESPN, and longtime NBA play-by-play commentator Mike Breen — the voice of the NBA Finals. Breen learned of his award on a plane, when he got an email a few days ago. He cried then, and his eyes welled with tears again Friday — as they likely will at what promises to be a very emotional ceremony as the game continues mourning Bryant’s death. "It’s going to be incredibly sad," Breen said. "We did a game, the first Laker game on ESPN after his passing and it was the saddest thing I’ve ever been a part of from a professional standpoint and I hope I never have to be a part of anything like that again. He was so full of life and it seemed like he was never happier or more at ease. "And then you add in the other victims, the kids, it’s going to be the most emotional induction ceremony ever — without question, and rightfully so." A pair of new Gowdy awards were also unveiled. Turner’s "Inside The NBA" crew of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal were announced as the first winners in the Transformative Media category. And longtime sportscaster Jim Gray was the first recipient of the Insight Media Award. Also, the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded posthumously to Tim Nugent, the founder of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. More from Sportsnet Read more: Sportsnet

OK can we please move on Something is very wrong if Kobe isn't a 100% unanimous approval LOL, your AC changed Unanimous Lock for 'finalist..... as candidates', I would not want to be a person that does not vote for him

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Jennifer Hudson to do Kobe Bryant tribute at NBA All-Star Game - Sportsnet.caJennifer Hudson is coming to the All-Star Game to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant with her voice. Should we all be honoring somebody that raped a girl Gayle King won't like this ..... Well done Kobe, you fooled the world.

Q&A: Pascal Siakam on Kobe, scarves, all-star weekend and hot sauce - Sportsnet.ca'I can’t wait to represent not just the Raptors and Canada but the continent of Africa.' Pascal Siakam recently spoke with donnovanbennett about what he's looking forward to most at NBAAllStar Weekend, plus much more: donnovanbennett Great job Donnovan......as always🙏🧣🧣🧣🧣🧣🧣🧣🧣

Jennifer Hudson to do Kobe Bryant tribute at NBA All-Star Game - Sportsnet.caJennifer Hudson is coming to the All-Star Game to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant with her voice. Should we all be honoring somebody that raped a girl Gayle King won't like this ..... Well done Kobe, you fooled the world.



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