The next Basketball Hall of Fame class will be inducted in May 2021.
According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN), the Hall of Fame weekend that was initially scheduled for August will be held from May 13-15. It was pushed back because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This class is particularly notable because of its headliners.
Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett spearhead a group that also includes WNBA legend Tamika Catchings, two-time NBA champion head coach Rudy Tomjanovich, Baylor women's coach Kim Mulkey, two-time Associated Press college coach of the year Eddie Sutton, former Bentley coach Barbara Stevens and former FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann.
It doesn't get much better as a trio than Bryant, Garnett and Duncan.
Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in January, was a five-time champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP, one-time league MVP, two-time scoring champion, 15-time All-NBA selection, 18-time All-Star and 12-time All-Defensive selection who established himself as a Los Angeles Lakers legend during one of the most memorable careers in NBA history.
Duncan is a five-time champion, three-time NBA Finals MVP, two-time league MVP, 15-time All-NBA selection, 15-time All-Star, Rookie of the Year and 15-time All-Defensive selection.
Garnett is a one-time champion, one-time league MVP, one-time Defensive Player of the Year, nine-time All-NBA selection, four-time rebounding champion, 15-time All-Star and 12-time All-Defensive selection.
The three stars who helped define a generation will now forever be linked to each other as Hall of Famers.