Kobe Bryant Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
via: NBA.

Kobe Bryant was inducted into the 2020 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 

The five-time NBA champion retired in 2016 and due to the global pandemic, the ceremony was delayed. 

Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash in January 2020 alongside his daughter Gianna who was 13. 

Michael Jordan inducted his close friend into the Hall of Fame. Jordan's importance to Bryant is clear for every basketball fan.

When speaking at his memorial last year, Jordan described Bryant as a "little brother" and stood alongside his wife, Vanessa Bryant, as she delivered a beautiful speech for her husband. 

In her speech, she said: "Kobe was on a different level, he never took shortcuts when it came to basketball. 

He gave this game his all. Kobe played through injury after injury."

She recalled one of his most iconic moments when his Achilles tore against the Golden State Warriors in 2013. 

"He even swished two free throws with a torn Achilles and walked off the court on his own."

Kobe Bryant's resilience throughout his career is something to look up to. He played through injuries and pain for the fans.

"What about the fans that saved up to watch me play just once?" Vanessa Bryant recalled her husband saying.

She added: "He never forgot about his fans. If he could help to he would play every minute of every game. 

"He loved you all so much."

Kobe Bryant is undoubtedly one of the greatest players in NBA history. His list of achievements shows he is someone who achieved greatness on and off the court. 

Vanessa Bryant listed some of the great things her husband has achieved. She said: "Five-time NBA champion, five-time New York Times best selling author, 18-time All-Star, a league MVP and two-time finals MVP.

"Two-time Olympic gold medal winner, he's also the first professional athlete to win an Oscar."

She finished her moving speech by saying: "I'm glad you bet on yourself you overachiever, you did it. You're in the Hall of Fame now. 

You're a true champ. Your not just an MVP, you're an all-time great. I'm so proud of you. I love you forever and always Kobe Bean Bryant."