Could 27 (UPI) — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is suspending its enshrinement ceremonies for the Class of 2020 until subsequent 12 months as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
Jerry Colangelo, the chairman of the board of the governors for the Hall of Fame, advised ESPN on Wednesday that the unique dates for enshrinement weekend (Aug. 28-30) and the proposed alternate dates (Oct. 10-12) are “simply not possible.” He famous that the board of governors will meet June 10 to determine potential spring dates.
“We’re positively canceling,” Colangelo mentioned. “It may need to be the primary quarter of subsequent 12 months. We’ll meet in a pair of weeks and have a look at the choices of how and when and the place.”
The star-studded 2020 class, which incorporates Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, San Antonio Spurs nice Tim Duncan and former Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics star Kevin Garnett, will nonetheless have its personal ceremony regardless of the postponement.
Colangelo pressured there might be separate ceremonies for this 12 months’s class and the Class of 2021, despite the fact that each occasions might be held in the identical calendar 12 months.
“We cannot be combining them,” Colangelo mentioned. “The Class of 2020 is a really particular class and deserves its personal celebration.”
Bryant, Duncan and Garnett might be joined by 10-time WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings, four-time Nationwide Coach of the 12 months Eddie Sutton, who died Saturday, two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich, five-time Division II Nationwide Coach of the 12 months Barbara Stevens, former FIBA and IOC govt Patrick Baumann and coach Kim Mulkey, a three-time ladies’s nationwide champion at Baylor.
This 12 months’s enshrinement ceremony was scheduled to happen Aug. 29 at Symphony Hall in Springfield, Mass.