While we are getting closer and closer to returning to the NBA, not all basketball-related events are ready to take place. Jerry Colangelo, chairman of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame governing council, told Jackie MacMullan from ESPN on Wednesday that the 2020 induction ceremony has been postponed until the spring of 2021.
“We will definitely cancel,” said Colangelo. “It must be the first quarter of next year. We will meet in a few weeks and see options for how and when and where.”
Originally scheduled to take place on August 29 in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Hall of Fame initially targeted Columbus Day Weekend as a possible alternative. Colangelo called the dates “impossible,” so new ones would be discussed during the June call between the league’s governing council. Colangelo also asserted that the 2020 class will have its own ceremony that is different from what will eventually be held for the 2021 class.
The Hall of Fame 2020 class has been considered one of the best in history, and now, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Tamika Catchings. The event will be an emotional affair given Bryant’s tragic death in a helicopter crash in January. The hall can now ensure that Bryant and the entire class get the recognition they deserve.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has just undergone a renovation of $ 23 million and has been planned to reopen on March 25, according to McMullen. The star-studded class in 2020 will attract little attention for the museum, but at this point, the large gatherings as would normally occur for the induction of the Hall of Fame are simply not feasible from a medical perspective. At this stage in the coronavirus pandemic, it makes far more sense to postpone the 2020 ceremony.
Also joining the 2020 class with Bryant, Duncan, Garnett and Catchings are former Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich, former college coach Eddie Sutton, Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey, former women’s college basketball coach Barbara Stevens and former FIBA executive and IOC Patrick Baumann.
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