Michael Jordan is the perfect candidate to welcome the late Kobe Bryant into the Hall of Fame.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2020 is finally about to have its induction ceremony Saturday, May 15, from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The ceremony comes a year later than usual due to last year’s event being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s class (2020) may be among the strongest we’ve seen inducted in quite some time. With the headlining names being Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett. On Thursday, this night got a little bit bigger when the news broke that Charlotte Hornets owner and six-time NBA Champion Michael Jordan would be the person to present one Kobe Bean Bryant.
Michael Jordan was the ideal candidate for Kobe Bryant
Jordan is the most fitting choice to induct Bryant.
Aside from Vanessa Bryant, there couldn’t have been any better choice than the man that called Bryant his little brother. And after the tragic passing of Kobe and daughter Gianna Bryant in January 2020, being inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame by his [Kobe] childhood idol will make quite the befitting cap off to the career of one of the greatest talents the game of basketball has ever seen.
In an era where almost every player that came through the NBA was trying their best to “be like Mike,” Bryant came closer than any of his contemporaries. Whether it was his [Kobe] overall style of play (especially early in his career), his mannerisms and gestures, the fade away, or fist pump after a big shot, Bryant had the MJ imitation down pat.
Bryant has come closer than anyone since Jordan to matching Jordan in Championship rings with five.
Bryant may have possessed the best work ethic next to Jordan and according to some may have even surpassed Jordan in that category. Either way, the two best two guards to ever grace the NBA hardwood will be on full display on May 15.
This day will be one of the most emotional days in sports history and one that we will all remember for many years to come.