Michael Jordan to Induct Kobe Bryant at Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony

by Chris Haney

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the presenters for the 2020 inductees, and NBA icon Michael Jordan is set to induct the late Kobe Bryant.

On May 15, Bryant will be entered into the Hall of Fame with an assist from Air Jordan himself. The Class of 2020 was asked to select previously inducted Hall of Famers to accompany and present them at the event. The inductees themselves or their families are responsible for choosing the presenters. Therefore, it’s assumed that Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, or his parents requested that Jordan present the posthumous honor.

Jordan is part of the Hall of Fame Class of 2009, and is arguably the greatest NBA player of all time. While many NBA stars have been compared to Jordan, there may not be a better comparison than Kobe Bryant.

The 6’6″ shooting guard shared a similar build, played the same position, and even patterned his own game on Jordan’s. Bryant’s intensity on the court and unmatched will to win mirrored that of No. 23 himself. His five NBA championships are only one short of Jordan’s six.

Jordan and Bryant shared a close relationship through years, which was evident after Bryant’s tragic death in February 2020. The longtime Chicago Bulls player also spoke at Bryant’s memorial service where he called the L.A. Lakers legend a “little brother.”

“Kobe was my dear friend; he was like a little brother,” Jordan said during the emotional eulogy. “When Kobe died, a little piece of me died. …This kid had passion like you would never know. As I got to know him, I wanted to be the best big brother that I could be.”

Kobe Bryant Autographed Ticket From His Last Game Sells For Huge Price

Following Kobe Bryant’s death in a helicopter accident, fans can’t seem to get enough of the former Lakers star. Whether it’s nostalgia or simply missing “The Black Mamba,” anything to remember Bryant by seems to fly off the shelf.

From retro sneaker releases that have sold out in minutes to his childhood basketball hoop, everyone wants a piece of his legacy. Most recently, a signed ticket from Bryant’s final game went to auction. Goldin Auctions sold the autographed item, which pulled in 42 bids, for a staggering $40,590 just last month.

That may seem like a steep price for a used NBA game ticket stub. However, for fans of Kobe Bryant, it’s a part of history, and an integral part of his story. On April 13, 2016, Bryant played the last game of his amazing 20-year NBA career.

While facing the Utah Jazz, Bryant once again put on a show for the ages. Bryant looked like the Kobe of old on his way to scoring 60 points as he led the Lakers to victory one more time. Following the win, the perennial All-Star delivered an iconic speech that will never be forgotten. For the winning bidder of that autographed ticket, they own memorabilia from one of the most famous moments of Kobe’s storied career.