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We just learned that the late NBA star will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the 2020 class.

In a statement to E! News, a spokesperson for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame stated, “The Hall of Fame joins the rest of the basketball world in mourning the untimely passing of Kobe Bryant, a nominee for the Class of 2020 and an icon of the game.”

They added, “We offer our sincerest condolences to the Bryant Family and all of those affected by this tragedy. We look forward to announcing our Finalists at NBA All-Star Weekend and revealing the full Class of 2020 at the NCAA Men’s Final Four in April.”

In addition, basketball stars Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett will be inducted.

Kobe Bryant retired from the NBA in 2016 and won five NBA titles during his 20-year professional career. In addition, Bryant was named MVP of his 2007-2008 season.

This exciting news comes after the legend’s passing in a fatal helicopter crash. His daughter Gianna Bryant, 13 was also onboard as well as seven other victims.

Many of Bryant’s fellow teammates and loved ones took it to social media following the news to mourn the legendary player.

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