Spurs fans who have been waiting to see Tim Duncan enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame will have to wait a little longer. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the ceremony has been moved from the weekend of August 28 to spring of 2021.
The initial plan to move the ceremony to October this year, but chairman of the board of governors for the Hall, Jerry Colangelo, says that is no longer feasible.
“We’re definitely canceling,” Colangelo said. “It’s going to have to be the first quarter of next year. We’ll meet in a couple of weeks and look at the options of how and when and where.”
The Class of 2020 promises to be the one of the most star-studded events yet with the headliners being Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett, as well as former Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich, 10-time WNBA All-Star and four-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings, Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey, Bentley College women’s basketball coach Barbara Stevens, former FIBA and IOC executive Patrick Baumann and former college coach Eddie Sutton (who, along with Bryant, has tragically passed away this year).
Conlangelo also noted that even though both ceremonies will take place in the calendar year of 2021, the induction of the yet-to-be-announced Class of 2021 will be a separate event.