He was in the United States team that won Olympic gold in 2008 and 2012.
The day that Kobe Bryant was announced as a first-ballot inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame was supposed to be joyful; a celebration of the ultimate accomplishment of his storied NBA career. No word yet on who will speak on Kobe's behalf.
"It's an incredible accomplishment and honor, and we're extremely proud of him", she mentioned. "Obviously we wish that he was here with us to celebrate".
Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on January 26 as they were flying to a basketball tournament where Gianna was to play. "Kobe was not only a proven victor and a champion, he gave everything he had to the game of basketball", she said in a statement.
Garnett averaged 17.8 points and 10 rebounds per game over his 21-year career. He's a 15-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA selection, five-time champion and two-time MVP. He's a 15-time All-Star like Duncan, as well as a nine-time All-NBA selection, one-time champion and one-time MVP. Bryant will be joined by Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. The longtime Spurs' big man was one of the best players of his era, ranking sixth on the NBA's all-time rebounding list and fifth in blocked shots.
"You put countless hours into this, you dedicated yourself to a craft, you take no days off, you play through injuries", he instructed ESPN after the announcement.
The NBA portion of the 2020 class rivals two others in achievements: the 2009 class of Michael Jordan, David Robinson and John Stockton, and the 1980 group of Jerry Lucas, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West.