Basketball Hall of Fame set to announce 2020 class


The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is set to announce its class this Saturday featuring Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan.

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April 3, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Jennifer Hudson sings a tribute to Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna before the NBA All-Star Game at the United Center Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago.

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 basketball’s Final Four. This year, with sports shut down because of the global coronavirus pandemic, the announcement will be televised from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut with some elements of the show taped ahead of time.

Bryant, Duncan and Garnett, with a combined 11 championships and 48 All-Star seasons between them, are all first-time finalists and locks to be in this class. Only six players in NBA history have been selected to 15 or more All-Star Games — and Bryant, Duncan and Garnett are three of them.

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