The Naismith Basketball Corridor of Fame induction for an exceptionally illustrious class, together with the late Kobe Bryant, will likely be postponed from August to subsequent spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, Jerry Colangelo, the chairman of the Corridor of Fame’s board of governors, mentioned Wednesday.
No announcement will likely be official till the board of governors convenes on June 10, Colangelo mentioned.
“However that’s what I anticipate would be the consequence,” he mentioned in a phone interview.
Bryant, who died at 41 in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, was voted into the Corridor in April, as have been his N.B.A. contemporaries Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett and the 10-time W.N.B.A. All-Star Tamika Catchings.
The enshrinement weekend was initially scheduled for Aug. 28-30, and Colangelo had proposed Oct. 10-12 as a substitute in case fears over the pandemic lingered. However Colangelo mentioned it had change into clear to him that neither weekend could be possible.
“We had October as our backup date, and that’s not that far-off,” Colangelo mentioned. “There are too many different issues that might trigger that to be an issue. So we’re higher off deferring till the primary quarter of subsequent yr.”
A $23 million renovation of the Corridor of Hame in Springfield, Mass., remains to be scheduled to be accomplished by July 1, and Colangelo hoped that the enshrinement weekend would double as a form of grand reopening for the constructing. However these plans have been scuttled.
“We have been going to bust out with this unimaginable class,” Colangelo mentioned. “However we you must alter. That’s life.”
Colangelo mentioned there would nonetheless be separate ceremonies — on separate weekends — for the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021.
“Every time we do it, predicated on world circumstances, we’re not going to shortchange anybody,” Colangelo mentioned. “We would like this to be very particular for these inductees.”