Michael Jordan will present the late Kobe Bryant at the latter's Hall of Fame enshrinement in May, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Thursday.
Bryant is a member of the 2020 class, whose ceremony was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jordan, class of 2009, was selected by Bryant's family to present him because of the posthumous nature of his induction.
In the wake of Bryant's passing, along with his daughter Gianna and seven others, in a helicopter crash in January 2020, Jordan provided powerful words detailing their bond at a memorial service held at Staples Center on Feb. 24.
"Kobe was my dear friend, he was like a little brother," Jordan said through tears that day. "Everyone always wanted to talk about the comparisons between he and I. I just wanted to talk about Kobe.
“When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died... I promise you, from this day forward, I will live with the memories of knowing that I had a little brother that I tried to help in every way I could.”
The enshrinement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 15 with "more than 50 Hall-of-Famers" -- plus presenters -- in attendance.
Other members of the star-studded class include Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Tamika Catchings and Rudy Tomjanovich. Jordan will also present three-time NCAA champion Baylor coach Kim Mulkey.