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Bryant, Duncan Headline Star-Studded List of Hall of Fame Finalists

To kick off this year’s All-Star festivities, eight finalists for the 2020 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame have been announced.

Headlined by the late Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, the list of finalists also includes five-time NBA champion Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. Earlier in the week, the Boston Celtics announced that they will be retiring Garnett’s number at some point next season.

The other Hall of Fame finalists are:

  • Kim Mulkey
  • Eddie Sutton
  • Barbara Stevens
  • Rudy Tomjanovich
  • Tamika Catchings

Following Bryant’s death, Hall of Fame chair Jerry Colangelo spoke to NBA TV and announced that Bryant will be posthumously inducted during this year’s ceremony.

“Ironically, I have a meeting in Dallas on Wednesday with the committee to go through the candidates,” Colangelo said. “Obviously, the result of whatever names come out of that, he was going to be a first-ballot guy. There’s no doubt in my mind. He’s going to be honored. He’s going in the Hall of Fame.”

 

Additionally, Michael Wilbon and Mike Breen were elected to the Hall of Fame as recipients of the Curt Gowdy Media Award.

“We’ve never had a class that strong at the top. And of course with Kobe’s death, it added more focus. We thought the way of dealing with it was eliminating some direct-elects on a one-year basis. We have that flexibility, fortunately, to do it because some people could get lost in the shuffle, really, in terms of getting their due,” said Colangelo.

The Hall will announce its 2020 class on April 4 as part of the men’s Final Four weekend coverage in Atlanta.

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