Michael Jordan to honour Kobe Bryant at 2020 Hall of Fame ceremony

Michael Jordan will honour Kobe Bryant when the late Los Angeles Lakers legend is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame next month, the organisation said Thursday.

Jordan, who spoke at Bryant's memorial service last year following the NBA superstar's death in a helicopter accident, will also honour women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey.

Jordan tearfully referred to Bryant as his "little brother" during last year's memorial service for the Lakers icon.

Joining Bryant in entering the Hall of Fame are several legends of basketball including 15-time All-Star and three-time NBA Finals MVP Tim Duncan along with former Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics icon Kevin Garnett.

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings will also be enshrined along with two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich.

Patrick Baumann, the Swiss former secretary general of the International Basketball Federation who died suddenly of a heart attack in 2018, will also be enshrined.

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