The finalists will be announced during the All-Star Weekend in Chicago in February, with the inductees unveiled in April.Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Eligible Candidates for the Class of 2020. #20HoopClass: https://t.co/b0JcwKicDg pic.twitter.com/7Hq2p8XXaq— Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) December 19, 2019Regarded as arguably the Lakers’ greatest player, Bryant spent his entire 20-year career with the storied Los Angeles franchise. The 18-time All-Star, who retired in 2016, won five NBA championships and two Finals MVP awards. He was crowned the league’s MVP in 2008.MORE: SN’s NBA All-Decade team for the 2010s Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are among the nominees for the 2020 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.Lakers great Bryant, Spurs icon Duncan and Celtics favorite Garnett headline the group of potential inductees. Chris Bosh and Shawn Marion are also on the list of 50 people who were nominated. Like Bryant, Duncan was also a one-team player after spending his career in San Antonio, where he claimed five NBA rings during his 19 seasons before retiring in 2016. Congrats to the iconic @kobebryant and coaching legend Bill Bertka on their nominations for the Basketball Hall of Fame! pic.twitter.com/i9Q4fjXK5g— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 19, 2019Duncan was also a three-time Finals MVP, to go with being a two-time league MVP and 15-time All-Star.Garnett helped the Celtics to NBA glory in 2008 after being crowned the 2004 MVP during his time with the Timberwolves. Bosh ended his career with two championships and 11 All-Star appearances.
DES MOINES — Julian Castro ended his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination this morning. Castro, who is 45 years old, was the only Latino in the race and early last year he began making the case that Americans are ready for a “new generation of leadership.”“Having served as mayor of the seventh-largest city in the country, I have a track record of getting things done,” Castro told Radio Iowa in April.But unlike Pete Buttigieg, the now-former mayor of much smaller South Bend, Indiana, Castro was unable to break into the top tier of candidates. In the closing weeks of 2019, Castro called for changing the presidential selection process.“There’s no reason that Iowa and New Hampshire, that hardly have any black people or people of color, should always go first,” Castro said in December.Castro had failed to meet fundraising and polling thresholds to qualify for recent televised debates among the 2020 presidential candidates and would not have been at the debate in Des Moines on the 14th of January.“My concern is not the presence of any one candidate on the debate stage only,” Castro said in December. “We need to change the whole game.”Castro released a video this morning on Twitter and said since the Iowa Caucuses are 31 days away and what he called “the circumstances of this campaign season,” he determined “it’s not his time.”