On Saturday, Kobe Bryant was officially inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in January 2020, was presented by Michael Jordan before Bryant's wife, Vanessa Bryant, made a moving speech honoring the former Laker.
In addition to Bryant, who won five NBA titles and was an 18-time All-Star, the Class of 2020 featured Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Tamika Catchings, Kim Mulkey, Barbara Stevens and Patrick Baumann.
On social media, basketball legends and teams shared their support for the new Hall of Famer.
Kobe Bryant: Hall of Famer pic.twitter.com/dk8rtjX8b4— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) May 15, 2021
Honoring Kobe today, celebrating his Hall of Fame induction, and holding his family in our hearts. 🐍♾ pic.twitter.com/qpRTUVz3q2— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) May 15, 2021
Hall of Famer, Kobe Bryant.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 15, 2021
Mamba Forever. pic.twitter.com/31h4R2Xp3q
Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant pic.twitter.com/2jUzB58vMr— James Worthy (@JamesWorthy42) May 15, 2021
Kobe truly had two hall of fame careers in one.. Who does that?!— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) May 15, 2021