Grieving fans hoping to see Kobe Bryant enter the Basketball Hall of Fame alongside Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett in short order now need to wait one more year to see that moment realized.
Originally scheduled for August 29, the Naismith Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony for this historically deep, legendary class will be postponed until the spring of 2021, per Jerry Colangelo.
Just when you thought 2020 couldn't get worse.
The Baseball Hall of Fame did a similar thing, as Derek Jeter and Larry Walker will be inducted alongside the 2021 class. Still, this Hall of Fame group was arguably the most star-studded in history, as three of the league's top 25 players of all time, along with the likes of Tamika Catchings, Rudy Tomjanovich, and the late Eddie Sutton, were set to be enshrined.
As painful as it sounds, given the coronavirus pandemic, this is probably the right thing to do.
It really doesn't matter when Kobe gets formally inducted, as the emotions that will flow out of whomever will give his speech on his behalf will get the waterworks flowing from anyone with a pulse. It's just a shame that we have to wait one more year to formally give three of the best players of all time and countless other legends a proper enshrinement.