Tim Duncan’s Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony finally has an official date and location. The San Antonio Spurs legend was named as part of an impressive new class of 2020 months ago. However, the coronavirus pandemic canceled or postponed many events, with the HOF ceremony among them. Now, there is a new official date for Duncan to become enshrined along with other inductees.
Tim Duncan and 2020 Inductees to Have 2021 Ceremony
It’s been known for months now that Tim Duncan is part of the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame inductees. While it’s still the class of 2020, their official ceremony will run from May 13 through 15 in 2021. The Basketball Hall of Fame event will take place at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, per News 4 San Antonio. Originally, the event was going to take place at the end of August.
“The decision to reschedule Enshrinement into May of next year, along with diminished museum guest visitation and a very uncertain future regarding our multiple collegiate and high school basketball events this fall, has forced us to make these very difficult decisions,” John Doleva, President and CEO of the Hall of Fame said in a statement.
“Our goal now is to conserve resources so that we may stabilize in 2021 and return to our growth trajectory in 2022 and beyond,” he added.
The 2019 Hall of Fame Enshrinement took place Sept. 5-7 in Springfield, Massachusetts, the site of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many big events in 2020, including the enshrinement ceremony, were postponed.
San Antonio Spurs Great Part of Impressive Headline Group
After coming out of Wake Forest as the No. 1 pick in the draft, Tim Duncan was with the San Antonio Spurs from 1997 through 2016 as a player. He continues to work with the team now as an assistant coach. During his playing career, he achieved five NBA championships, had 15 All-Star selections, was All-NBA 15 times, and was a two-time league MVP. His career stats included 26,496 points along with 15,091 rebounds, 4,225 assists, and 3,020 blocked shots.
He’s part of a headlining group that features several other legends of the game. The late Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is also part of the class following his impressive career which also included five championships and 15 All NBA selections along with 18 All-Star appearances, two scoring titles, and an MVP Award.
Also heading into the Basketball Hall of Fame will be Kevin Garnett. He spent the bulk of his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves before finally winning a championship with the Boston Celtics. KG had 15 All-Star selections, nine All-NBA selections, 12 All-Defensive appearances, and was the 2003-04 NBA MVP.
Other 2020 HOF inductees will include 10-time WNBA All-Star and four-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings, two-time NBA Champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich, and four-time National Coach of the Year Eddie Sutton. Visit our Spurs news page for more of the latest team and player updates.