The COVID-19 pandemic could only delay it but it couldn't deny, as the special weekend for the class of 2020 of the Naismith Memorial Basketball of Hame is here.
On Friday night (ET), as is the custom on the eve of the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, the orange jackets, first introduced in 2016, were handed out to each member of the 2020 class. .
Looking fresh #20HoopClass 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Mux4R0jKPl- Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) May 15, 2021
Here's the full list of the members of the Class of 2020: Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Barbara Stevens, Kim Mulkey, Tamika Catchings and Patrick Baumann.
Along with the class, other notable annual awards were also handed out on the eve of the ceremony. Here's a look at those:
The play-by-play commentator for the New York Knicks since 1992 and also from ESPN and ABC games, Breen is famous for his signature call 'BANG!'
Congratulations to Mike Breen for receiving the Curt Gowdy Electronic Media Award. #GowdyAward pic.twitter.com/l5YIo1vadS- Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) May 15, 2021
Inside the NBA
Running for over three decades, 'Inside the NBA' is a studio show covering the league that has won over 11 Emmy Awards.
For the better part of its time since 1989, it has been hosted by Ernie Johnson who is joined by former NBA players as analysts in Kenny Smith (since 1998), Charles Barkley (since 2000) and Shaquille O'Neal (since 2011).
Congratulations to Inside the NBA for receiving the Curt Gowdy Transformative Media Award presented by @DrinkBODYARMOR. #GowdyAward pic.twitter.com/O8ZwIsS5Mw- Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) May 15, 2021
Wilbon has covered college and professional sports over a variety of platforms since 1980.
Congratulations to Mike Wilbon for receiving the Curt Gowdy Print Media Award. #GowdyAward pic.twitter.com/yte1ppuuHS- Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) May 15, 2021
An Emmy-awarding-winning journalist (12), Gray has also covered the league on ABC, CBS, NBC, and ESPN in his over 40 years of broadcasting experience.
Congratulations to Jim Gray for receiving the Curt Gowdy Media Insight Award. #GowdyAward pic.twitter.com/cTW2EyqDci- Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) May 15, 2021
Other key award recipients were Wayne Embry, George Raveling and Bill Russell who were named as winners of the Mannie Jackson Award. In addition, Dr. Timothy Nugent, founder of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association in 1949, received (by his son) the John Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award winner
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