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How to watch Kobe Bryant’s Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony

Here’s everything you need to know about Kobe Bryant’s long-awaited induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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On Saturday, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will induct its class of 2020, which is headlined by NBA legends Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and, of course, the late, great, Kobe Bryant. However, the weekend’s festivities technically start on Friday with the class of 2020 press conferences.

Here’s the full schedule and how to watch:

Friday: Class of 2020 Press Conference

When: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PT

How to watch: NBA TV

Saturday: Hall of Fame Awards Celebration & Gala

When: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. PT

How to watch: ESPN

Saturday: Class of 2020 Enshrinement Ceremony

When: 2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. PT

How to watch: ESPN

The Class of 2020 Enshrinement Ceremony is when Bryant will be posthumously inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame by Michael Jordan, a player Bryant that was compared to throughout his career, but also a person that he formed a strong relationship with over the years.

And while in most cases, new hall of famers have to be inducted by previous members, the hall will understandably allow a break with tradition this year so that Vanessa Bryant can speak about her late husband, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Bryant’s peers, Tamika Catchings, Duncan and Garnett will also be inducted on Saturday. The links between Bryant, Duncan and Garnett may be the most obvious because they all competed against each other for so many years, but Catchings knew Bryant longer than both Garnett and Duncan because she practically grew up with him.

Here are the full list of inductees and their presenters, courtesy of

  • Patrick Baumann, presented by Russ Granik (’13), Vlade Divac (’19)
  • Kobe Bryant, presented by Michael Jordan (’09)
  • Tamika Catchings, presented by Alonzo Mourning (’14), Dawn Staley (’13)
  • Tim Duncan, presented by David Robinson (’09)
  • Kevin Garnett, presented by Isiah Thomas (’00)
  • Kim Mulkey, presented by Michael Jordan (’09)
  • Barbara Stevens, presented by Geno Auriemma (’06), Muffet McGraw (’17)
  • Eddie Sutton, presented by John Calipari (’15), Bill Self (’17), Sidney Moncrief (’19)
  • Rudy Tomjanovich, presented by Calvin Murphy (’93), Hakeem Olajuwon (’08)

It should go without saying that Bryant’s celebration won’t be the same without him or his daughter, Gianna, there, but the hope is that the ceremony will still succeed in conveying what a monumental figure he was, and how much he meant to people that love the game of basketball, particularly fans of the Los Angeles Lakers.

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