Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan will join Kobe in the class of 2021, making it one of the most starred classes in recent memory.
Doc Rivers has a special connection to this class, having coached Garnett for several seasons in Boston. Ahead of Thursday’s game against the Miami Heat, he shared his thoughts on the class.
“Tim Duncan, I still think he’s one of the most underrated superstars in the history of the game. It’s such a fitting weekend for him to come in because he will be overlooked,” and that’s probably exactly what he wants, ”Rivers said of the Spurs legend.When discussing Garnett, Rivers didn’t shy away from the bond he still shares with one of the stars he coached for a title. “Kevin Garnett, who I don’t know means other than the world to me, talking about basketball,” he said.
Getting one last chance to honor Kobe will be a great moment of well-being for the basketball community. Many people, Rivers included, agree that he’s still heartbroken that he’s not here to participate in all of this himself. “It’s always sad that Kobe can’t get the prize and give his own speech. So I think for most of us that will be more of a reminder of that, ”Rivers said Thursday.
He concluded by making a bold statement about this class. With that in mind, this is one of the biggest Hall of Fame classes in history.
All three were some of the best talent of their time and all made it to the championships. This trio deserve more than to be in the discussion of the best Hall of Fame classes of all time.
Based on their contributions to the game, Saturday’s ceremony is expected to be a big moment for the basketball world.
Kevin McCormick covers the Philadelphia 76ers for South Jersey ESPN 97.3 and Sports Illustrated. You can follow him on Twitter: @KevinMcCNBA.