Shams Charania of The Athletic announced the news on social media, also confirming that Michael Jordan will be joining her on stage. The NBA legend will be inducting Bryant and, as stated by Charania, “Presenters accompany inductees as they deliver their speeches.”
Just before the ceremony, Jordan recently shared his final text messages with his “little brother”:
“This tequila is awesome,” Kobe texted, referring to Jordan’s Cincoro Tequila, a bottle of which was sent to Bryant at the launch.
“Thank you, my brother,” Jordan responded.
“Yes, sir. Family good?” Kobe replied.
“All good. Yours?”
Jordan smiled, then decided to have a little fun. “He was really into coaching Gigi,” MJ explains, “so I hit him up about that.”
“Happy holidays,” Jordan texted back, “and hope to catch up soon. Coach Kobe??!”
“I added that little crying/laughing emoji,” Jordan chuckles.
“Ah, back at you, man,” Kobe wrote. “Hey, coach, I’m sitting on the bench right now, and we’re blowing this team out. 45-8.”
“In some ways, Kobe was self-made. People forget that. He was an 18-year-old kid that made himself into one of the best,” MJ said to ESPN.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place on May 15.
Vanessa Bryant will speak in honor of Kobe Bryant during Kobe’s Naismith Hall of Fame @Hoophall induction on Saturday. Presenters accompany inductees as they deliver their speeches. Michael Jordan will join Vanessa Bryant on stage.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 12, 2021
Elsewhere in sports, a Michael Jordan game-worn UNC jersey has sold for a record $1.38 million USD.