Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant will be honored with a special stand-alone exhibit at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, per a report from the Los Angeles Times.
Kobe, who tragically passed away in early 2020, was a five-time NBA champion and 18-time All-Star, and was widely considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at 2:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, May 15, and will receive more than a standard plaque. Instead, Bryant will be honored with a 600 square-foot exhibit, designed in part by his wife Vanessa, entitled Kobe: A Basketball Life.
Kobe will be the first player to receive a full exhibit since fellow NBA legend Michael Jordan was honored with a similar installation in 2009, which ran for five years. It’s not currently clear how long Kobe’s exhibit will last.
“It’s like you’re immersing yourself in Kobe’s life, but there is this feeling of the future about Kobe,” the hall’s president and chief executive John Doleva told the LA Times of this new exhibit. “It makes you contemplate what could have been.”
The exhibit will feature a wide range of Kobe-related memorabilia, including replicas of his whopping five championship rings. His Oscar-winning animated short film, Dear Basketball will also be on display.
“You’re now able to walk up to a 55-inch monitor kiosk and really do a deep, deep dive on Kobe with pictures and video from all aspects of his career and ‘Mamba’ and whatever else,” said Doleva. “It really is much more obviously immersive, much more engaging. And I think we have an obligation also to educate, so while people know a lot about Kobe, I think they can learn a lot about other players that went before Kobe.”
See a sneak peak of this new exhibit below (via ESPN Los Angeles on Instagram):
Along with Kobe, notables like Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.
If you’re interested in visiting the new Kobe Bryant exhibit at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, you can find more information here.