After his tragic death on Sunday that stunned the world, Kobe Bryant will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on the first ballot later this year, bypassing the traditional voting process, chairman Jerry Colangelo told the Athletic's Shams Charania on Monday.
Bryant was part of the 2020 class of nominees that was announced in December, which includes Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Tim Hardaway, and Muggsy Bogues.
According to Bleacher Report:
It was a virtual certainty Bryant would have been inducted into the Hall of Fame by traditional voting. He was, by all accounts, one of the best players in NBA history. His basketball career ended with five championships, 18 All-Star appearances and 15 selections to an All-NBA team. Every major scoring record in the Lakers' record book belongs to Bryant, and he became the first player in NBA history to have two jersey numbers retired by the same franchise.
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