"Most fans will remember that as one of, if not the, greatest farewell performance in the history of sports."
Shame on Israelis for elevating American hysteria to a higher plane than Jewish wisdom and, more importantly, common sense.
Vanessa Bryant, Kobe's widow, filed a separate wrongful death lawsuit in late February against the helicopter owners and operators.
Sports often serve as a lifeline to pull us out of life’s worst situations. But not now.
The 18-time NBA All Star, who was killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, is part of a nine-member class that includes multiple All-Star selections Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.
Bryant, Duncan, Garnett and Catchings all are first-time finalists. Nominees needed to received at least 18 votes from the 24 electors to be enshrined.
The FAA said Ara Zobayan was piloting an AS350 helicopter in May 2015 when he violated rules governing the airspace around Los Angeles International Airport.
Before tip-off, the singer and actor Jennifer Hudson, who is a Chicago native, sang with a montage of photos of Bryant and his daughter in the background.
"[I hope] our dream does come true, and we are able to see Kobe Bryant engraved into the NBA Logo."
A great white off the coast of Guadalupe Island was spotted in a regular gathering spot for the breed and, as he was recorded as #24 in the MCSI database, was named after the basketball legend.