Latest Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame News

FILE - In this Dc. 18, 2017 file photo, former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference in Los Angeles.  Bryant and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett headlined a nine-person group announced Saturday, April 4, 2020,  as this year’s class of enshrinees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. They all got into the Hall in their first year of eligibility, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings. Two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich, longtime Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, 1,000-game winner Barbara Stevens of Bentley and three-time Final Four coach Eddie Sutton were selected. So was former FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Kobe, Duncan, Garnett headline Basketball Hall of Fame class

Apr. 4, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

Kobe Bryant’s resume has yet another entry to validate his greatness: He’s now, officially, a Hall of Famer. And he’s got plenty of elite company in the 2020 class, one that may be as glitzy as any. Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kevin...

Reaction to the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame selection

Apr. 4, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

Reaction to Saturday's announcement of the 2020 enshrinement class for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: ___ “It’s an incredible accomplishment and honor and we’re extremely proud of him. Obviously, we wish that he was here with us to celebrate. But it’s definitely the...

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2007, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, top, goes up for a shot between Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, and Al Jefferson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are all expected to be officially announced as members of the 2020 enshrinement class for the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc, File)

The Class of 2020: A look at basketball's new Hall of Famers

Apr. 4, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

A look at the newest members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, announced on Saturday: KOBE BRYANT Key stats: 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists per game in 20 NBA seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. Career accomplishments: Five-time NBA champion (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010), 18-time...

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2007, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, top, goes up for a shot between Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, and Al Jefferson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are all expected to be officially announced as members of the 2020 enshrinement class for the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc, File)

Basketball Hall of Fame set to announce 2020 class

Apr. 3, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

A unique Hall of Fame class will be announced Saturday in a unique way. Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are all expected to be officially announced as part of the 2020 class of enshrinees by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which typically reveals its annual selections at college...

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2007, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, top, goes up for a shot between Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, and Al Jefferson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Bryant was one of eight finalists announced Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, as candidates for enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame later this year, a decision that came as absolutely no surprise in his first year of eligibility. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc, File)

Kobe Bryant among 8 finalists for Basketball Hall of Fame

Feb. 14, 2020 6:33 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The list of finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame is considerably shorter than usual. The voters really didn’t need more this year. Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett — 48 All-Star nods between them — headlined the class of eight finalists announced Friday by...