The late Kobe Bryant’s induction into the basketball hall of fame has been postponed to 2021 due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Bryant, 41, who died along with eight others including his daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash in January, was to be inducted into the Massachusetts-based Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame with Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, and five others on August 29.
Basketball Hall of Fame chairman Jerry Colangelo told ESPN “We’re definitely canceling. It’s going to have to be the first quarter of next year. We’ll meet in a couple of weeks and look at the options of how and when and where.”
Bryant was an 18-time NBA all-star, five-time NBA champion, and three-time NBA finals MVP in a two-decade career with the Los Angeles Lakers before retiring in 2016.