Report: Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony for 2020 class delayed until 2021

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

The Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony for the Class of 2020, which includes Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and the late Kobe Bryant, will reportedly be moved to the spring of 2021, according to Jackie MacMullan of ESPN.

Originally, the enshrinement weekend was planned for Aug. 28-30.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, an alternative timeline of hosting the event in mid-October was proposed but Jerry Colangelo, chairman of the board of governors for the Hall, told MacMullan that such a plan was “just not feasible” given the extent of how the novel coronavirus has impacted the United States.

“We’re definitely canceling,” Colangelo told MacMullan. “It’s going to have to be the first quarter of next year.”

Colangelo added that the board of governors will convene on June 10 to explore spring 2021 dates to host the event.

Bryant, Duncan and Garnett, with a combined 11 championships and 48 All-Star seasons between them, are all first-time finalists and locks to be in this class. Only six players in NBA history have been selected to 15 or more All-Star Games — and Bryant, Duncan and Garnett are three of them.

“We are going to do this the right way and in a very sensitive way,” Colangelo said during an inductee announcement that was itself modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We want everyone to get their due respect.”

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