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June 1st, ,2021
By: Norvisi Mawunyegah
Late NBA player kobe Bean Bryant has been welcomed into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2020.
The event took place Saturday (May 15) inside the Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino in Uncasville, Conn. Michael Jordan, Bryant’s mentor did the honors of welcoming him. Jordan standing by Vanessa Bryant, as she gave an emotional speech acknowledging the 5x NBA champion’s many accomplishments.
“Last February, I called Michael and asked him if he would introduce Kobe tonight and he graciously accepted,” Vanessa said. “Thank you for being here Michael. Kobe admired you. This means so much to us.”
“He was intelligent, eloquent and gifted at many things … I know he would thank everyone who helped get him here, including those who doubted him.” Vanessa said.
“One of the reasons he played through injury was because he remembered sitting in the nosebleeds to watch his favorite player play,” she continued. “He could recall the car ride and being lucky enough to have a seat. He didn’t want to disappoint his fans, especially those sitting in the 300th row who saved up to see him play… If he could help it, he would play every minute of every game. He loved you all so much.”
“I’m glad you bet on yourself, you overachiever,” she concluded. “You did it. You’re in the Hall of Fame now. You’re not just an MVP you’re an all-time great. I love you forever and always, Kobe Bean Bryant.
”NBA unveiled a special exhibit titled “Kobe: Basketball Life” May 14.The enshrinement dedicated to Bryant was mostly designed by Vanessa and the trading card company Panini. It features memorabilia from Bryant’s peak, including his game-worn shoes, Lakers jerseys, championship rings and more priceless items. Bryant’s Oscar-winning short film, “Dear Basketball,” will be shown in the exhibit as well.