Vanessa Bryant Says Kobe’s HOF Election Is “Peak of His NBA Career”

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On Saturday, Vanessa Bryant shared that her late husband Kobe Bryant’s election to the Hall of Fame is “the peak of his NBA career.”

The 18-time NBA All-Star and five-time NBA champion will be posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in August.

Kobe tragically passed in a helicopter crash in January alongside his daughter Gianna and seven others.

Vanessa and her daughter Natalia shared their appreciation for the posthumous award with ESPN’s Rece Davis.

“It’s an incredible accomplishment and honor, and we’re extremely proud of him,” said Vanessa. “Obviously we wish that he was here with us to celebrate, but it’s the peak of his NBA career. Every accomplishment he had as an athlete was a stepping stone to be here. So we’re incredibly proud of him.”

In his first year of eligibility, Kobe is being inducted alongside Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Tamika Catchings, Kim Mulkey, Barbara Stevens and Patrick Baumann.

The Class of 2020 honorees will be enshrined in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Birthplace of Basketball, on Saturday, August 29, 2020.

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