Kobe Bryant Hall of Fame Exhibit Designed with Wife Vanessa's Help Revealed in Video

Adam WellsMay 14, 2021

CULVER CITY, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 09: Vanessa Laine Bryant (L) and Kobe Bryant attend the 2019 Baby2Baby Gala Presented by Paul Mitchell at 3LABS on November 09, 2019 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)
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Vanessa Bryant helped design an exhibit for her late husband, Kobe Bryant, that will be on display at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. 

The exhibit, titled "Kobe: A Basketball Life," was revealed Friday: 

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The “Kobe: Basketball Life” exhibit designed by Vanessa Bryant at the HOF 🐍<br><br>(via @DNguyen41) pic.twitter.com/9GWIA0Oa0z

The exhibit's unveiling comes on the eve of Bryant's formal induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. The Los Angeles Lakers legend died at age 41 in a helicopter crash that killed nine people, including his daughter Gianna, in January 2020. 

John Doleva, Hall of Fame president and chief executive, told Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times that Bryant's exhibit "is about 600 square feet more than any other Hall of Famer gets." 

Greif noted Bryant is only the second player to receive their own Hall of Fame exhibit. Michael Jordan's opened in 2009 and ran for five years. 

Bryant was elected into the Hall of Fame as part of the 2020 class, but the induction ceremony was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He will be one of nine basketball legends, including Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Tamika Catchings, honored Saturday.

In addition to Vanessa speaking in honor of her late husband, Jordan will present Bryant at the ceremony.