SPRINGFIELD, MA — The induction of the late Kobe Bryant and eight other greats of the game into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has been postponed due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
Bryant, a star player for 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers, was killed along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven other people in a helicopter crash Jan. 26 in California. In his first year of eligibility, he was immediately named a member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2020, along with Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Tamika Catchings, Kim Mulkey, Barbara Stevens and Patrick Baumann.
Enshrinement Weekend had been scheduled for Aug. 28-30, with several events planned in and near the Hall of Fame and at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. The actual induction ceremony had been set for Saturday, Aug. 29 at Springfield Symphony Hall.
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