The next NBA Hall of Fame class, which includes Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, and the late Kobe Bryant, will be inducted into Springfield in May 2021, per a statement from the NBA.
The induction ceremony was originally scheduled for August but was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The trio of Garnett, Duncan, and Bryant combined to win four MVP awards, 11 NBA championships, and 48 all-star game nominations.
All three players were also renowned defenders – combining for a staggering 39 all-defensive team selections.
WNBA legend Tamika Catchings, two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich, Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, Bentley women’s coach Barbara Stevens, and journeyman high-school, junior college, and college coach Eddie Sutton.
FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann was chosen by the international committee to join the Hall of Fame too.
Sadly, Bryant nor Baumann will be in Springfield to see themselves enshrined.
Bryant died of a tragic helicopter crash in January, 2020.
Baumann died of a heart attack in October, 2018.