LOS ANGELES - The deadly helicopter crash in Calabasas involving Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others was heartbreaking news for the sports community in more ways than one.
First, the deadly crash took the lives of the nine victims way too soon, with their ages ranging from 13 -- the ages of the three girls basketball players -- to 56, the age of longtime baseball coach John Altobelli. In addition to the crash delivering trauma and an immeasurable amount of pain for the victims' grieving family members and friends, the sports world must also come to grips with the fact that Kobe Bryant -- a man who dedicated 20 years of his life with the Los Angeles Lakers before retiring in 2016 -- will not be able to receive the hall-of-fame honor in person.
While Kobe Bryant is no longer with us, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame plans to immortalize his legacy later in 2021. The Lakers legend was selected to the basketball hall of fame just weeks after his death but the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the ceremonies for Bryant and the rest of the 2020 class.
Here's what we know about Kobe Bryant's hall-of-fame induction:
When will the ceremonies take place?
The hall-of-fame ceremonies will take place May 13 to 15.
Where will the ceremonies take place?
The ceremonies will be held at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. Those interested in tickets can click here for more information.
Who else is being inducted into the hall of fame that weekend?
Bryant joins the following hoops legends in the 2020 hall-of-fame class:
- Tim Duncan, 15-time NBA All-Star and 3-time NBA Finals MVP
- Kevin Garnett, 15-time NBA All-Star and 9-time NBA All-Defensive First Team
- Eddie Sutton, 4-time National Coach of the Year
- Rudy Tomjanovich, 2-time NBA champion
- Tamika Catchings, 10-time WNBA All-Star
- Kim Mulkey, 3-time NCAA national champion
- Barbara Stevens, 5-time NCAA D-II National Coach of the Year
- Patrick Baumann, longtime FIBA executive
Bryant also joins the following hall of famers who have worn a Lakers uniform at one point during their professional careers:
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 14 seasons with the Lakers
- Elgin Baylor, 14 seasons with the Lakers
- Zelmo Beaty, 1 season with the Lakers
- Wilt Chamberlain, 5 seasons with the Lakers
- Adrian Dantley, 2 seasons with the Lakers
- Vlade Divac, 8 seasons with the Lakers
- Gail Goodrich, 9 seasons with the Lakers
- Connie Hawkins, 2 seasons with the Lakers
- Spencer Haywood, 1 season with the Lakers
- Earvin "Magic" Johnson, 13 seasons with the Lakers
- Clyde Lovellette, 4 seasons with the Lakers
- Karl Malone, 1 season with the Lakers
- Slater Martin, 7 seasons with the Lakers
- Bob McAdoo, 4 seasons with the Lakers
- George Mikan, 7 seasons with the Lakers
- Vern Mikkelsen, 10 seasons with the Lakers
- Steve Nash, 2 seasons with the Lakers
- Shaquille O'Neal, 8 seasons with the Lakers
- Gary Payton, 1 season with the Lakers
- Jim Pollard, 7 seasons with the Lakers
- Mitch Richmond, 1 season with the Lakers
- Dennis Rodman, 1 season with the Lakers
- Charlie Scott, 1 season with the Lakers
- Jerry West, 14 seasons with the Lakers
- Jamaal Wilkes, 8 seasons with the Lakers
- James Worthy, 12 seasons with the Lakers
Bryant's posthumous hall-of-fame induction adds to the Lakers legend's long list of on-court accomplishments. Over the course of his 20-year NBA career -- all with the Lakers -- "Black Mamba" won five NBA championships, was named the NBA MVP after the 2007-2008 regular season, was named the NBA All-Defensive team 12 times and was named the league's all-star 18 times. He also helped the United States win two gold medals and the Lakers retired No. 8 and 24 in Bryant's honor.