By: Maeshaila Boggan 04/22/21 12:00 AM EST
The news have broke all around this week that Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan will be the one to present the Lakers late great Kobe Bryant in the 2021 Pro Basketball Hall of Fame.
What many may not know is that Jordan was Bryant’s mentor during his first years in the NBA.
Unfortunately, we as fans were robbed of what would have a been one of very best speeches we have ever heard be spoken in the NBA Hall of Fame due to the tragic death of the Lakers late great Kobe Bryant who, along with his 13 year old daughter Gianna and 7 other people have passed away in a plane crash.
But as they would say, the show must go on and so it will. Bryant maybe gone from us, but he sure will never be forgotten by us. The Hall of Fame ceremony of course will be a bitter sweet moment due to us honoring the great legacy of Bryant and unfortunately not having him here to watch along with us.
Bryant has made one of the very best runs in NBA history winning 5 NBA Championships and 2 NBA Finals MVP Awards. Along with that him and then Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal [SHAQ] was the second duo in the NBA history to win the NBA Finals three straight seasons.
Bryant had another run in the NBA Finals from the years of 2009 & 2010 when the Lakers won the NBA Finals back to back beating the Orlando Magic & Boston Celtics.
Bryant has also won other awards such as …
NBA Most Valuable Player MVP
18× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2016)
4× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011)
11× All-NBA First Team (2002–2004, 2006–2013)
2× All-NBA Second Team (2000, 2001)
2× All-NBA Third Team (1999, 2005)
9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000, 2003, 2004, 2006–2011)
3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2001, 2002, 2012)
Along with his accolades in the NBA, Bryant was a philanthropist, business man, and book author. He made history in 2018 when he became the first ever NBA players to win an Academy Award when won a Oscar for his film “Dear Basketball.”