Kobe Bryant's Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction will take place in May 2021 after the event was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony for the 2020 class was initially scheduled for August, and is now set for May 13-15 at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., the NBA announced Saturday, Daily Mail reports.
NBA stars Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and 10-time WNBA All-Star/four-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings are also selected for the induction.
"The Class of 2020 is undoubtedly one of the most historic of all time and the talent and social influence of these nine honorees is beyond measure," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "In 2020, the basketball community has suffered the unimaginable loss of iconic figures Commissioner David Stern and Kobe Bryant, as well as the game itself due to COVID-19. We have also banded together like never before in appreciation of the game and those who have made it the uniting force it is today."