Kobe will be inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with class of 2020.
Following the sad demise of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash, the officials of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame have decided to waive off the customary voting to induct him into the Hall of Fame in the year 2020.
Usually, a person has to be retired for 3 continuous years before they can be inducted but given the situation of his departure, the officials may not go through the usual channels as before.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said: "For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary ... but he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability."
Hall of Famer Larry Bird said, "Kobe was not only an icon in the sports arena, he was a man of the world and touched so many lives and communities in the most positive ways."