Its inevitable. Kobe Bryant will be inducted into basketball’s Hall of Fame, likely four years from now when he is first eligible. When he is selected, he has two people in mind to do the honors.
In a recent interview with Complex, the retired NBA legend revealed that he would want Phil Jackson or Michael Jordan on stage with him at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts… when the time comes.
“They’ve been the greatest mentors, not only in my career as an athlete, but also as a person,” Kobe said. “And what I might say is just a lot of thank yous. ‘Cause I’ve had a lotta help along the way. A lotta lotta help.”
During Kobe’s career, he won five NBA titles with Jackson as his coach in 11 seasons in Los Angeles. Phil also won six rings with Jordan in Chicago.
With all his success, as well as his playing style, Kobe has been constantly compared to Jordan throughout his career. Both are also widely considered among the top players in NBA history.
Jordan agrees too. MJ said recently that he would rank Kobe above current NBA great LeBron James as one of the greatest of all-time. His argument is: “five [rings] beats three.”