Kobe Bryant has officially been elected into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. After months of speculation the 5-time NBA champion will be posthumously inducted into the class of 2020.
Bryant spent 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and led the team to 5 Championship victories. Furthermore, he was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player during the 2007-08 season, where he led the Lakers to the NBA Finals.
Throughout his career he reached an astonishing level of greatness, as he was named in the NBA All-Defensive team 9 times and and was an NBA All-Star on 18 occasions. They are just a few of an endless list of accomplishments from an NBA great.
Bryant was inducted into the class of 2020 with fellow NBA Champions, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. Duncan won 5 NBA Championships with the San Antonio Spurs, alongside legendary coach Greg Popovich. Whilst Garnett won 1 championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008, as they triumphed over the Lakers in 6 games.
Controlling Owner and President of the Lakers, Jeanie Buss, expressed the emotion on behalf of everyone associated with the organisation.
“No amount of words can fully describe what Kobe Bryant meant to the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe was not only a proven winner and a champion, he gave everything he had to the game of basketball…”Jeanie Buss
At the time of Bryant’s retirement in 2016, he was the Lakers’ All-Time record scorer with 33,643 points. He also recorded 122 career 40+ point games, 26 career 50+ point games, and 6 career 60+ point career games. Including a 81-point outing against the Toronto Raptors back in 2016.
In addition, Bryant had 176 double-doubles throughout his illustrious career and led the US Men’s basketball team to gold medals at both the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and London Olympics in 2012.
Except for Bryant, no player in NBA history has had two of their jerseys retired for the same organisation. Kobe Bryant was a historical player for the Lakers, and for the sport. But he was bigger than basketball.
His impact on the world will live on forever, the Mamba Mentality will live on forever.
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