Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett Basketball HOF Induction Set for May 2021

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2020

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (24) and San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan (21) watch a shot by Duncan in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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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.

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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.