Apr 4, 2020 - Sports

Kobe Bryant to be elected into Basketball Hall of Fame

In this image, a mural of Kobe is displayed

A mural of Kobe Bryant at Auto Club Speedway on Feb. 29 in Fontana, California. Photo: Stacy Revere/Getty Images

NBA star Kobe Bryant will be inducted into the 2020 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, per a Saturday announcement.

The big picture: Bryant’s selection comes nearly 3 months after his death in a helicopter crash. The announcement would normally take place at the NCAA's Final Four weekend, but the tournament was cancelled due to the novel coronavirus.

Driving the news: The 2020 Hall of Fame class also includes WNBA champion and Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings and coaches Kim Mulkey, Barbara Stevens, Eddie Sutton and Rudy Tomjanovich.

Go deeper: Coronavirus causes delay in WNBA season and training camps

Go deeper