Three once-in-a-lifetime stars head Hall of Fame 2020

Posted by: MBR on Sun Apr 5th, 2020 5:42 am
Three once-in-a-lifetime stars head Hall of Fame Class of 2020Kevin Garnett (left), Kobe Bryant (middle) and Tim Duncan were superstars that will be difficult, if not impossible, to replicate.... Duncan is an outlier because players who stay four years in college these days are lucky to last that long in the NBA. Also: Will the next superstar who doesn’t care about creating a brand or compiling Twitter followers and is willing to take below-market money to keep his team in championship contention for more than two decades please take one step forward? Hello?Meanwhile, Garnett and Kobe are almost impossible to copy for the complete opposite reason; they bypassed college altogether and yes, there is ongoing discussion in power circles to lift the one-and-done restriction and give high school seniors the right to jump straight to the NBA again. That said, the journey is treacherous; the basketball graveyard is overflowing with teens who tried that leap and missed the ledge completely, let alone found safe landing in the Hall of Fame.Oh yes, the Hall of Fame. That’s why we’ve gathered here today, to study the slam-dunk inclusions of Timmy, Kobe and KG, and that actually doesn’t involve much brain intensity at all. ... ll-members
Posted by: MBR on Sun Apr 5th, 2020 5:44 am
Complete list of 2020 Hall of Fame honorees...The Class of 2020 includes: 18-time NBA All-Star and five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant, 15-time NBA All-Star and three-time NBA Finals MVP Tim Duncan, 15-time NBA All-Star and nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection Kevin Garnett, four-time National Coach of the Year Eddie Sutton, two-time NBA Champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich, 10-time WNBA All-Star and four-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings, three-time NCAA National Championship Coach of Baylor Kim Mulkey, five-time Division II National Coach of the Year Barbara Stevens and longtime FIBA executive Patrick Baumann.“The Class of 2020 is undoubtedly one of the most historic of all time and the talent and social influence of these nine honorees is beyond measure,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “In 2020, the basketball community has suffered the unimaginable loss of iconic figures Commissioner David Stern and Kobe Bryant, as well as the game itself due to COVID-19. We have also banded together like never before in appreciation of the game and those who have made it the uniting force it is today. Today we thank the Class of 2020 for all they have done for the game of basketball and we look forward to celebrating them at Enshrinement in August.”