Basketball HoF to Honor Kobe Bryant With a Vanessa Bryant Designed Exhibit

Published 05/14/2021, 4:12 PM EDT
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – DECEMBER 14: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers waves to the crowd after passing Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list with a free throw in the second quarter of the game on December 14, 2014 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)


The induction of the Class of 2020 to the Naismith Hall of Fame is only a day away. This 2020 class is headlined by 3 names, Spurs’ legend Tim Duncan, Celtics’ legend Kevin Garnett and Lakers’ legend Kobe Bryant.

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Ever since he made his debut in the NBA, Kobe had his detractors. Coming in as a 18-year-old, Bryant showed impeccable confidence but was rarely given any chance to flourish in his rookie year.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant #24 before taking the court for the third quarter of play in the Lakers 1105-103 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals best of seven series Tuesday May, 19, 2009 at the Staples Center. Tim Rasmussen, The Denver Post (Photo By Tim Rasmussen/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

All of that soon changed as Kobe started to show his true talent to the league. He started dominating teams and toying defenses and ultimately became the legend we all came to love.

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Kobe was arguably one of the best ever to do it. With his incredible skills as a leader and the ability to take the game on his head, Kobe had a massive impact on the game of basketball and inspired many upcoming stars.

Basketball Hall of Fame pays special tribute to Kobe Bryant

In a 20 year career, Kobe certainly had one of the most accomplished careers in the NBA. Given the impact he had on the game, he became one of the best to ever to do it and was often compared to Michael Jordan as the GOAT.

To honor the late Lakers’ great, the NBA Hall of Fame will be opening a new exhibit titled “Kobe: Basketball Life”. This is only the second individual exhibit honoring a player. The only other player to be given such an honour was Kobe’s idol and Bulls’ legend Michael Jordan Bryant. 

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The exhibit features some of the biggest and best achievements of the Mamba and also has a number of invaluable memorabilia.

This exhibit has been designed by Kobe’s wife Vanessa Bryant and is certainly one of the best tributes the Hall of Fame committee could give to the legendary Laker.

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Mamba certainly left his mark on many. Be it his fierce competitors or his teammates, everyone admired the work ethic Bryant brought to the game.

His hunger to become the best of the best was simply unmatched. A legend, gone too soon but never forgotten.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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