Spurs fans who have been waiting to see Tim Duncan enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame can start counting the days — or months. Originally scheduled for August this year, the event was postponed due to the CODI-19 pandemic and has now been rescheduled for May 13-15, 2021.
Enshrined alongside Duncan will be NBA legends Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant, who combined for 48 All-Star and 11 NBA championships, 15 and 5 of which belonged to Duncan. Joining them in making the HOF in her first year of eligibility is the WNBA’s Tamika Catchings, a 10x All-Star, MVP and champion.
Other nominees include two-time NBA championship coach Rudy Tomjanovich, Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey, Bentley University women’s coach and winner of 1,000 games Barbara Stevens, three-time Final Four coach Eddie Sutton, and former FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann of Switzerland.
It will be a more solemn affair than usual, as Bryant passed away with his daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash on January 26 this year, Sutton passed in hospice May 23, and Baumann passed away from a heart attack while attending the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.