Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant would be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but things will obviously be handled much differently this year in wake of Bryant’s tragic death.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has decided to forego the normal election process, announcing Kobe as the first inductee of the 2020 class.
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The rest of this year’s Hall of Fame class, which will surely include Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett among others, will be announced in April.
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