NBA world reacts to Kobe’s Hall of Fame induction

NBA world reacts to Kobe’s Hall of Fame induction

You did it,” Vanessa Bryant said, holding back tears at the end of Kobe Bryant’s Hall of Fame enshrinement speech. “You’re in the Hall of Fame now. You’re a true champ. You’re not just an MVP, you’re an all-time great. I am so proud of you.”

With Michael Jordan standing behind her, Vanessa closed the ceremony by speaking on behalf of her late great husband. After summoning her own “Mamba Mentality,” she delivered an emotional speech, thanking everyone who followed Kobe on his way to basketball immortality. But most importantly, she thanked her husband.

Usually, people thank everyone that has helped them get here, but since I don’t have Kobe’s specific list, I want to thank my husband. He did the work. He broke those records, and he inspired people to be great.

Vanessa Bryant

Now, after an all-time great NBA career, Kobe is right there where he belongs — among basketball legends. And those who preceded him, as well as the next generation, couldn’t be happier for him. Here’s how the NBA world reacted to Bryant’s Hall of Fame induction.