Los Angeles (USA), Apr 4 (EFE) .- The legendary Magic Johnson, as soon as he officially knows the election of former guard Kobe Bryant, of the Los Angeles Lakers, as a new member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, corresponding to the Class of 2020, declared the great sadness he felt that he could not be to celebrate.
Bryant, 41, died on January 26 in a helicopter accident in which his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people who were aboard the ship when it crashed in the mountainous area of Calabasas (California) just outside Los Angeles.
Johnson, who is also a member of the Hall of Fame, said he was very sad to think that in the introduction as a new member the ‘Black Mamba’ would not be present to receive the award.RELATED
“It breaks my heart that he is not there so that he could receive the award and give a great speech,” Johnson said through his social networks, while congratulating and supporting all of Bryant’s family.
“But to his wife and three daughters, his parents and two sisters, I want to congratulate them,” said Johnson. “All of us, as fans and players of the Lakers, will be there to support them.”
Along with Bryant, expivot Tim Duncan and ex-pivot Kevin Garnett were also chosen, all retired in the same year of 2016 after combining with 11 league titles and four regular season Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards. .
His choice is already considered one of the most important classes in the history of professional basketball.
The induction ceremony for the newly elected members will take place on August 29 in Springfield, Massachusetts, where the Hall of Fame is located.
However, it is not certain that it can be carried out on that date due to the coronavirus pandemic that has forced the indefinite suspension of the NBA and sports in the United States.
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