“I wish my husband was here to accept this incredible award,” Bryant’s spouse, Vanessa Bryant, stated on the ceremony, as she was joined onstage by basketball legend Michael Jordan. “He and Gigi deserved to be here to witness this. Gigi would be so proud to watch her daddy get enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame.”
“There will never be anyone like Kobe,” Vanessa Bryant stated. “Kobe was one of a kind. He was special, he was humble — off the court — but bigger than life.”
She concluded: “Congratulations baby. All of your hard work and sacrifices paid off.
“You did it. You’re within the Hall of Fame now. You’re a real champ. You’re not simply an MVP, you’re an all-time nice. I’m so proud of you. I like you without end and all the time.”
Among the nine inducted on Saturday were former Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett and San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, who reminisced on playing against his Hall of Fame classmates Garnett and Bryant.
“You’re at your greatest, while you face the very best,” Duncan said. “I need to say thanks to the late, nice Kobe Bryant, to KG. You guys demanded the very best out of me, and it introduced the very best out of me. Thank you, guys.”
WNBA’s Indiana Fever legend Tamika Catchings was also inducted Saturday.
“Basketball selected me,” Catchings said. “An awkward, lanky, introverted tomboy, born with a listening to incapacity, a speech obstacle and a will to beat obstacles, dream massive and to alter the world.”
“We all have goals and targets,” Catchings added. “And whether or not you are younger or previous, born with a incapacity or have been informed of the issues you possibly can’t accomplish, tonight I share the identical phrases that my mother and father shared with me, with a twist. If anybody can do it, you possibly can. Shoot for the celebrities, work exhausting and catch your dream.”
Among the others inducted had been coaches Kim Mulkey, Barbara Stevens, Eddie Sutton and Rudy Tomjanovich. Swiss basketball government Patrick Baumann was posthumously inducted by the International Committee.