List of Presenters for NBA Hall of Famers Ceremony: Michael Jordan Presenting Kobe Bryant and More

Published 04/16/2021, 12:42 AM EDT


The wait will soon come to an end as the enshrinement of the Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020 is just a month away. After Kobe Bryant passed away last year, fans, teammates, colleagues, and families came out with tributes of their own to honor the man’s legacy. However, what better way to commemorate Kobe’s life than honoring him with the greatest award an NNBA player can receive? And it becomes perfect when Michael Jordan will be Kobe’s presenter.

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Michael Jordan will be the presenter for Kobe Bryant

We all know that the day Kobe played his last game for the Los Angeles Lakers, it was certain that he was going to be a Hall of Famer. There was absolutely no doubt about it.

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However, when Kobe Bryant passed away last year, the NBA fraternity was shaken. Nobody had imagined that there will be no Kobe to present the award to. His unfortunate helicopter crash is still being mourned by fans all over the world.

However, his being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, will be the perfect way to end his legacy. That is something everyone can agree on. The ceremony was supposed to take place last year but because of the COVID-19 pandemic; it was postponed to May 16, 2021.

And now, as they have announced the presenters of the inductees, there is nobody more fitting than the GOAT himself, to present it to his successor.

Jan 21 2009: Kobe Bryant during the 108-97 Los Angeles Lakers victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Darryl Dennis/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)

List of other inductees and presenters

The Hall of Fame Class of 2021 is a star-studded one. From Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and even Tim Duncan, it has it all. In fact, the presenters are no less. Let’s have a look at the complete list:

  1. Patrick Baumann, presented by Russ Granik (2013), Vlade Divac (2019)
  2. Kobe Bryant, presented by Michael Jordan (2009)
  3. Tamika Catchings, presented by Alonzo Mourning (2014), Dawn Staley (2013)
  4. Tim Duncan, presented by David Robinson (2009)
  5. Kevin Garnett, presented by Isaiah Thomas (2000)
  6. Kim Mulkey, presented by Michael Jordan (2009)
  7. Barbara Stevens, presented by Geno Auriemma (2006), Muffet McGraw (2017)
  8. Eddie Sutton, presented by John Calipari (2015), Bill Self (2017), Sidney Moncrief (2019)
  9. Rudy Tomjanovich, presented by Calvin Murphy (2003), Hakeem Olajuwon (2008)

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Out of all the pairings, the best and most intriguing one has to be Kobe and Jordan’s. The two share a history that goes way back. Kobe always idolized MJ for his leadership, his competitiveness, skills, and everything else. In fact, Kobe was a sponge and tried to grasp everything he could from Jordan, when he joined the league.

Michael Jordan during Michael Jordan Hosts 2005 Jordan Classic Dinner – April 14, 2005 in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

Eventually, he was also labeled as MJ’s rightful successor, who later became LeBron James. However, it is safe to say that Kobe wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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