“I wish my husband was here to accept this incredible award,” Bryant’s spouse, Vanessa Bryant, mentioned 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 mentioned. “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 really like you ceaselessly 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 towards his Hall of Fame classmates Garnett and Bryant.
“You’re at your finest, whenever you face one of the best,” Duncan said. “I wish to say thanks to the late, nice Kobe Bryant, to KG. You guys demanded one of the best out of me, and it introduced one of the 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 large 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 mother and father shared with me, with a twist. If anybody can do it, you may. Shoot for the celebs, work onerous and catch your dream.”
Among the others inducted have been coaches Kim Mulkey, Barbara Stevens, Eddie Sutton and Rudy Tomjanovich. Swiss basketball govt Patrick Baumann was posthumously inducted by the International Committee.