The deceased five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant will be inducted into the James Naismith Basketball Hall of fame, athletic journalist Shams Charania reports on his Twitter account.
Bryant and his daughter Jenna were killed in a helicopter crash on January 26 in Calabasas, California. A total of nine people were on Board the fallen helicopter, all of them were killed.
Along with Bryan, five-time NBA champion Tim Duncan and NBA champion Kevin Garnett will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of fame.
In addition to Bryant, Duncan, and Garnett, the Hall of fame inductees included four-time Olympic champion Tamika Catchings, as well as coaches Kim Mulkey, Barbara Stevens, Eddie Sutton, and Rudy Tomjanovich.
Bryant’s official induction into the Hall of fame will be announced later on Saturday. To be inducted into the Hall of fame, you must receive 18 out of 24 votes from members of the honorary committee. The Hall of fame induction ceremony will take place on August 28-30 in Springfield.
Bryant, who finished his career in 2016, played in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers for 20 seasons, became a champion five times, participated in the all-star Game 18 times, was named the most valuable player (MVP) of the regular season and twice the most valuable player of the final playoff series. As a member of the US national team, the basketball player won the Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012. In December 2017, the Lakers retired the 8th and 24th numbers under which Bryant played.