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Kobe Bryant Inducted Into Basketball Hall Of Fame

Kobe Bryant went straight from high school to the NBA in 1996, only the sixth player to do so, and spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He made the All-Star team 18 times

May 16, 2021

An image of the late Kobe Bryant is displayed on the scoreboard as the New York Knicks honor his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame before an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden, in New York.

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Hall of Fame honoree Kevin Garnett, second from left, stands with his daughters Kavalli, left, and Kapri, former San Antonio Spurs teammate Tony Parker, fourth from right, and Tim Duncan, third from right, and Kobe Bryant's daughter Natalia, second from right, and widow Vanessa, right, who stand on the stage with Bryant's jacket as host Lisa Salters, fourth from left, speaks while Kobe's image is displayed on a video screen during the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame awards tip-off celebration and awards gala, in Uncasville, Conn. Garnett and Duncan received their Hall of Fame jackets while Vanessa Bryant presented her late husband's Hall of Fame jacket to Natalia. The couple's other daughter Gianna perished along with her father in a 2020 helicopter crash.

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A image of Kobe Bryant is projected on a video screen above the stage as Ne-Yo, lower left, sings "Incredible," memorializing members of the basketball community who lost their lives during the past year-and-a-half, at the long-delayed 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony, in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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From left, Rudy Tomjanovich, Kim Mulkey, Tim Duncan, and Vanessa Bryant, representing the late Kobe Bryant, look at their Hall of Fame trophies after the enshrinement of the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame class in Uncasville, Connecticut. Vanessa Bryant holds daughter Capri as daughter Bianka looks toward the audience.

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Presenter Michael Jordan kisses Vanessa Bryant on the head after Bryant spoke on behalf of her late husband, Kobe Bryant, after Bryant was enshrined as part of the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame class, in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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Vanessa Bryant, left, widow of Kobe Bryant presents their daughter Natalia with Bryant's Hall of Fame jacket at the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame awards tip-off celebration and awards gala, in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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Vanessa Bryant, center, speaks to Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, before the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony, in Uncasville, Connecticut. She had wanted her daughter Gianna, who perished in a helicopter crash with her father Kobe Bryant, to play for Connecticut.

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Bianka Bryant smiles for the crowd as her mother, Vanessa Bryant, center, holds Kobe Bryant's Hall of Fame trophy after the late Bryant was enshrined as part of the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame class in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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