Two months after the helicopter crash that took him away from basketball fans around the world, it's now been released that Kobe Bryant will be posthumously inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame. Although it's incredibly sad that Bryant and his daughter are not here to accept the title, it's amazing that Bryant's skill and perseverance will be recognized by receiving the highest honer in the NBA. He absolutely deserves it.
Kobe's wife Vanessa Bryant said, "We wish that he was here with us to celebrate but it's definitely the peak of his NBA career and every accomplishment that he had as an athlete was a stepping stone to be here. So we’re incredibly proud of him, and there’s some solace in knowing that he was probably going to be part of the 2020 Hall of Fame class"
The other NBA inductees along with Bryant were Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Tamika Catchings of the WNBA. There were also several coaches including Kim Mulkey of Baylor, Barbara Stevens of Bentley, Rudy Tomjanovich of Houston Rockets, Eddie Sutton of OSU and Arkansas and Patrick Baumann, an executive with the International Basketball Federation.
I always thought Kobe should have been in more conversations for the greatest player ever. Its an easy induction decision and a good move by the NBA. Maybe after his way-too-early passing, it will elevate him into that conversation more. Its not like everyone has been sleeping on his greatness, but you usually hear Lebron, MJ, Kareem, Bird and Magic Johnson before you hear Kobe brought up for all time greats.
Easily a top 10 all time player in my opinion. I would put him top 3. But I'm biased because I was born in the mid 80s so I never sat down to watch Bird, Russell, Wilt, etc. The only knock on Kobe for me was him being a big ball hog for the last few years of his career. But that said, I really enjoyed his approach to the game. Here's a good top 10 from him, just a reminder: