NBA legend, Michael Jordan has been announced as the presenter for Kobe Bryant’s induction into the Basketball Hall of the Fame.
At the 2020 Naismith Hall of the Fame induction ceremony on May 15, Jordan will share his thoughts on the Lakers great, when he presents the 18-time All-Star and 5-time NBA Champion at the 2020 Naismith
Members of the 2020 Naismith Hall of Fame class selected previous Hall of Famers to introduce to present them on induction night. But in the case of a posthumous selection, the family members of the inductee made the selection.
In 2017, Bryant, who idolized Jordan and modeled his game after him, told Complex Magazine that he wanted him or Phil Jackson to present him at the induction ceremony
“In terms of who might present, for me, it’s two people: Michael Jordan or Phil Jackson,” Bryant said. “They’ve been the greatest mentors, not only in my career as an athlete, but also as a person.
Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash last year, spent all 20 seasons of his career with the Lakers. He was a five-time NBA champion, two-time Finals MVP, one-time regular-season MVP in 2008, 18-time All-Star and was named to the NBA All-Defensive Team 12 times.”
For his career, Bryant averaged 25 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.4 steals over 1,346 games before he retired in 2016.
Jordan gave a powerful eulogy during an emotional memorial for Bryant last February, will also introduce Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, making him the only Hall of Famer presenting multiple candidates during this year’s induction ceremony.