Tonight, nine individuals were inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Class of 2020 Hall of Fame ceremony was rescheduled, but these nine all-time greats got their moment in history tonight.
Headlined by a trio Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett, the Class of 2020 is seen to be arguably the greatest Hall of Fame class of all time.
Joining them will be Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Tamika Catchings, Kim Mulkey, Barbara Stevens and Patrick Baumann. To learn more about each member, we have you covered here with a complete guide to the 2020 Hall of Fame class.
We've got you covered with all the highlights from a special night in sports.
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Class of 2020 Hall of Fame ceremony
Recognised posthumously, Bryant was an 18-time All-Star, five-time NBA champion, two-time Finals MVP, two-time scoring champion and one-time MVP. With USA Basketball, Bryant earned an Olympic gold medal in 2008 and 2012.
#20HoopClass enshrinee, Kobe Bryant. pic.twitter.com/j328vaUZiZ- NBA (@NBA) May 15, 2021
Bryant's wife Vanessa shared how much the Hall of Fame enshrinement meant to Kobe and the impact of his legacy on the basketball world.
"You did it. You're in the Hall of Fame now. You are a true champ. You're not just an MVP. You're an all-time great. I'm so proud of you. I love you forever and always. Kobe. Bean. Bryant."
Vanessa Bryant spoke about how excited Kobe was for the Hall of Fame ceremony.- ESPN (@espn) May 16, 2021
"He and Gigi deserve to be here to witness this." pic.twitter.com/2tJegCIHWp
Duncan is a 15-time All-Star, five-time NBA champion, three-time Finals MVP and two-time MVP. Duncan is the only player in NBA history with 1,000 or more wins with one team, which he amassed in his 19 years with the Spurs.
#20HoopClass enshrinee, Tim Duncan. pic.twitter.com/OZkDi3umIk- NBA (@NBA) May 15, 2021
Duncan shared some touching words for Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, who coached him for his entire career.
"Thank you for teaching me about basketball, but even beyond that teaching us all not about basketball - teaching us all about what's happening in your world, your family and everything. Thank you for being the amazing human being that you are."
Tim Duncan thanks Gregg Popovich for the impact he had on his life, on and off the court. #20HoopClass pic.twitter.com/guhsWazCk9- NBA (@NBA) May 15, 2021
Mulkey led the Baylor Bears to three NCAA National Championships and ranks third all-time among head coaches in win percentage.
#20HoopClass enshrinee, Kim Mulkey. pic.twitter.com/6iHFqTMkB3- NBA (@NBA) May 15, 2021
And with the basketball world watching, Tomjanovich stated his case for his former player, Robert Horry, to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
"And in that spirit, I want to speak up for Robert Horry to be inducted into the Hall of Fame ... this is where he belongs."- Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) May 15, 2021
-- Rudy T, echoing the coaches who spoke up in support of his HOF case, does the same for Role Player Supreme @RKHorry and his seven championship rings.
Tomjanovich speaks on what the game of basketball means to him, touching on all the places it took him and great people it led him to.
"As a young boy...I dreamed of one day getting to the NBA.- NBA (@NBA) May 15, 2021
After today, I can say that my life turned out better than my wildest dreams."
- Rudy T. #20HoopClass pic.twitter.com/qGwPV6VYEa
Tomjanovich, who led the Rockets to NBA championships in 1994 and 1995, is also one of three coaches to win an NBA championship and an Olympic gold medal.
#20HoopClass enshrinee, Rudy Tomjanovich. pic.twitter.com/G6WxaZdEtN- NBA (@NBA) May 15, 2021
Baumann is being recognized posthumously for his contributions to the game as a long-time FIBA executive and a member of the International Olympic Committee for more than 10 years.
#20HoopClass enshrinee, Patrick Baumann. pic.twitter.com/Rg7WZEFAqM- NBA (@NBA) May 15, 2021
Catchings delivered one heck of a quote during her Hall of Fame speech.
13 seconds you need to hear. 🗣 @Catchin24 #20HoopClass pic.twitter.com/2NkmvzGPCq- WNBA (@WNBA) May 15, 2021
WNBA superstar Catchings, a 10-time All-Star, one-time WNBA champion, one-time Finals MVP and one time league MVP, has next.
#20HoopClass enshrinee, Tamika Catchings. pic.twitter.com/3b3VckvybR- NBA (@NBA) May 15, 2021
Next we have Sutton, a four-time National Coach of the Year, eight-time Conference Coach of the Year and the first coach in NCAA history to lead four different schools in the NCAA Tournament.
#20HoopClass enshrinee, Eddie Sutton. pic.twitter.com/lEedRujI4I- NBA (@NBA) May 15, 2021
Stevens, Bentley University's decorated long-time women's basketball head coach, is next up.
#20HoopClass enshrinee, Barbara Stevens. pic.twitter.com/p0c88rXvDS- NBA (@NBA) May 15, 2021
KG shares some personal stories, matching up against Hall of Fame classmates Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant.
Kevin Garnett shares some kind words on fellow #20HoopClass enshrinees, Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant. pic.twitter.com/iaczIfIdRd- NBA (@NBA) May 15, 2021
First up, Kevin Garnett's Hall of Fame highlight package!
#20HoopClass enshrinee, Kevin Garnett. pic.twitter.com/iKw5oXzuuI- NBA (@NBA) May 15, 2021
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