Lamar Odom Honors NBA Hall of Fame Inductee Kobe Bryant Two Months after His Tragic Death
Lamar Odom shared a special tribute in honor of Kobe Bryant after it was announced that his former teammate would be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
On Saturday, it was announced that former Los Angeles Lakers basketball player, Kobe Bryant, would be posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The news comes almost two months after he tragically died with his daughter, Gianna Bryant, and seven other passengers when the helicopter they were in crashed in the hills in Calabasas, California.
"Big Brother was Jordan's Brother. use to be Shaq and Hova's Brother. Rip Bean Bryant. Congratulations on making the HOF."
Only hours after the announcement was made, Kobe's wife, Vanessa Bryant, appeared live on ESPN to celebrate the news. Sitting next to their oldest daughter, Natalia Bryant, and trying to hold back her tears, Vanessa said:
"It's an incredible accomplishment and honor and we're extremely proud of him. Obviously we wish that he was here with us."
"We're incredibly proud of him."— ESPN (@espn) April 4, 2020
Vanessa and Natalia Bryant joined Rece Davis after Kobe's induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. pic.twitter.com/HX31pyvgPe
According to Daily Mail, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony is expected to take place in Springfield, Massachusetts, and the confirmed date will August 29, 2020.
Before he retired in 2016, Kobe had won five NBA titles and awards for Most Valuable Player with the Lakers. The 18-time All-star received 18 out of 24 anonymous votes for his hall of fame induction.
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LA is the land of opportunity. It’s as big or small as you want it be. What you get out of LA reflects what you put in. It’s the place where you can learn from the greats who came before you. And where you can continue their journey farther. It’s where you leave a legacy for the next generation of LA greats to carry on after you. #sportchangeseverything
Lamar, who played alongside him, has shared several tributes to Kobe since his death and honored their time as a dynamic duo on the basketball.
With many pictures to remember Lamar's time with the Lakers, he is dealing with a huge loss regarding his two NBA championship rings from the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
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These picture are just the tip of the iceberg of our relationship. He taught me so many things in life that were necessary on and off the court. On the court he taught me how to carve out defenses and how to take my time. How to make winning my ultimate goal. Off the court he taught me to sign my own checks lol. Of course anyone who knows my story knows I’ve suffered a lot of loss but the only loss I can compare this to is when I lost my son. Even though our relationship wasn’t father/son, it was more like him being a teacher and me being his brother. I’m glad I got to be the ying to your yang as far as the locker room was concerned. It was my pleasure. I couldn’t even catch my breath today when I heard this news. I just knew if he was in a helicopter crash he would have been the one to survive. Somehow he would have jumped out and landed on his feet. I’m sitting here thinking about when we would be in practice scrimmaging and you would start the jump ball off with elbowing Sasha in the chest. Like dude it’s 10:30 in the morning lol. You think watching him play was crazy, you gotta think in practice if you scored like 8-9 buckets throughout the practice you had a great practice. I’ve seen him knock off 13-14 in a row in practice!!!! I’m still waiting for the media to come out and say wrong report. No way God took my brother this early. I know I been through my own stuff in life with using drugs and not being good to myself. When I went through that Coma situation if God would have came to me and said we would take me and spare Kobe I would have rather that happened. In honor of my brother I’m up at 4am tomorrow to get to the gym! Gigi gone give you buckets!!!! I love you brother 💔🙏🏿😥 @kobebryant
CNN reports, amid his battle with drug addiction and his divorce from Khloe Kardashian in 2016, he sold the rings.
Celebrity jeweler, Jason of Beverley Hills, created the 55 karat gold rings. They are both valued at $50 000 each and were auctioned earlier in the year by Heritage Auctions.