Stephen A Smith reveals why he thinks the Class of 2020, led by legends Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan, is the greatest Hall of Fame class ever.
On Saturday night, 9 accomplished individuals were enshrined in the prestigious Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. These 9 celebrated personalities are the Class of 2020, whose induction was rescheduled due to the deadly coronavirus.
Headlined by legends Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett many consider the Class of 2020 to be the greatest Hall of Fame class ever. Joining the iconic basketball players were Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Tamika Catchings, Kim Mulkey, Barbara Stevens and Patrick Baumann. As expected it was a beautiful ceremony with all the inductees giving heart touching speeches.
Due to the trio of Kobe, Tim and Kevin this particular class is considered to, unarguably, be the greatest Hall of Fame class ever. All three superstars along with their fellow inductees have an overly decorated resume rightfully earning their spot in the Naismith Memorial.
While few analysts debate whether or not this class is the best, Stephen A Smith is of the opinion that no class was even better than the class of 2020.
Stephen A Smith explains why Kobe Bryant and the Class of 2020 is the best Hall of Fame class ever
ESPN analyst Stephen A Smith, like many others, believes that Kobe Bryant’s 2020 Class is better than all the other classes. Smith explains himself:
“We’ve got Kobe Bryant here – 18 All-Star appearances, 11 1st team All-NBA spots and 5 championships. We have Tim Duncan – 5 championships, 15 All-Star appearances and 10 1st team All-NBA nominations. We’ve got Kevin Garnett – an NBA title, 15 All-Star appearances and 4 1st team All-NBA. Ladies and gentlemen, think about that. That’s 11 championships. Again, you’ve got 48 All-Star appearances, alright. When you talk about the first team, that’s 25 1st team appearances as well.”
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“Nothing has ever been more decorated. Then we don’t even bring in Kim Okay, into the situation. She’s a national championship. Okay, Catches, we don’t bring, she’s a champion. I mean, it champions all over the place. Rudy Tomjanovich, there’s two-time NBA champion as a coach.”
“And so, when I look it from that perspective, there’s just no denying how decorated this is, how decorated these individuals were.”
The ESPN analyst further went on to speak about Kobe’s absence from the prestigious night and how Vanessa Bryant did a great job with the heartwarming speech.
“She (Vanessa Bryant) was phenomenal. It (her speech) was touching, it was heart-wrenching. It just broke my heart to see her because I just think about her and what her and her wonderful children are going through right now. Not being with him, not being with Gianna as well. So it’s definitely painstaking, no questions about it.”
“There’s just no denying what we witnessed and what we sat. And I think it’s the greatest class ever.”
Very rightfully, there definitely is no other class that is as decorated as the Class of 2020.