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Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony for Eddie Sutton, Kobe Bryant Pushed to 2021

The announcement pushes Sutton’s posthumous enshrinement back a year.



The 2020 Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony, which was originally scheduled for the end of August, will be pushed back to 2021, according to ESPN. The Hall had considered an alternative date in October but instead is kicking the class to next year amid uncertainty with the pandemic.

It’s unclear when exactly the Hall intends to reschedule but Jerry Colangelo, the Chairman of the Board of governors, said it will likely be in the spring of 2021.

The move delays the enshrinement of what may be considered the most star-studded class in the Naismith’s proud history. Kobe Bryant and Eddie Sutton will be posthumously inducted after their deaths this year, while Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett, among others, will also go in.

Sutton passed away over Memorial Day weekend at 84 years old. He took OSU to two Final Fours coaching Oklahoma State and won 806 games coaching at five different stops: Creighton, Kentucky, Arkansas, OSU and San Francisco. He retired in 2008 after a brief stint as interim coach at San Fran.


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