“I want my husband was right here to just accept this unbelievable 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 right here to witness this. Gigi could be so proud to observe her daddy get enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame.”
“There won’t ever be anybody like Kobe,” Vanessa Bryant stated. “Kobe was one of a form. He was particular, he was humble — off the court docket — however larger than life.”
She concluded: “Congratulations child. All of your laborious 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 at all times.”
Among the 9 inducted on Saturday have been former Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics ahead Kevin Garnett and San Antonio Spurs ahead Tim Duncan, who reminisced on taking part in in opposition to his Hall of Fame classmates Garnett and Bryant.
“You’re at your finest, while you face the most effective,” Duncan stated. “I need to say thanks to the late, nice Kobe Bryant, to KG. You guys demanded the most effective out of me, and it introduced the most effective out of me. Thank you, guys.”
WNBA’s Indiana Fever legend Tamika Catchings was additionally inducted Saturday.
“Basketball selected me,” Catchings stated. “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 desires and objectives,” Catchings added. “And whether or not you are younger or previous, born with a incapacity or have been informed of the issues you may’t accomplish, tonight I share the identical phrases that my dad and mom shared with me, with a twist. If anybody can do it, you may. Shoot for the celebs, work laborious and catch your dream.”
Among the others inducted have been coaches Kim Mulkey, Barbara Stevens, Eddie Sutton and Rudy Tomjanovich. Swiss basketball government Patrick Baumann was posthumously inducted by the International Committee.