It was a tragic moment earlier this year as the world lost one of its most iconic basketball players of all time. A 20-year Laker and five-time NBA champion, Kobe Byrant, had died following a disastrous plane crash together with her daughter Gigi and seven others. As the world keep on mourning his loss every day, something new happens to wonder, how the hell this could be real.
After the news of his death broke, people instantly thought of that feeling of never to hear the voice of Kobe during his “Hall Of Fame” induction. The ceremony, which was scheduled to hold this August, just seven months after his untimely death has now, according to TMZ, been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here is the statement of the change to the initial program. “The enshrinement ceremonies for the star-studded Hall of Fame class of 2020, which includes Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett alongside the late KB, are being delayed to next spring … according to HOF honcho Jerry Colangelo.”
“Jerry told ESPN the enshrinement ceremonies — originally scheduled for Aug. 28 to 30 with proposed alternate dates of Oct. 10 to 12 — are “just not feasible” in the pandemic that’s killed more than 100,000 Americans, and made large gatherings basically impossible.”
“Colangelo says the Hall of Fame’s board of governors will meet June 10 to figure out dates for spring of 2021 for the enshrinement.”
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The change of the schedule, therefore, means that the class of 2020 and 2021 will be inducted in the same year. However, according to the report, the induction ceremonies will be separate as the class of 2020 “deserves its own celebration.”
For the ceremonies as that of “Hall Of Fame” induction, players usually have a huge guest list, which includes friends, family, coaches of different levels, and all those that helped them along the path of success. Hence, considering the social distancing rules still in place, it’s quite impossible to house every guest under the same roof. So delaying the induction ceremony until 2021 is probably the best option.