The 2021 NBA Hall Of Fame was an emotional and exciting event for everyone, including current players.
Amid the festivities, several prominent athletes shared their reactions, expressing delight and appreciation towards all the people who were inducted.
The NBA Hall of Fame is an enormous and rare milestone for a player to achieve.
This year, the names included Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Kim Mulkey, Rudy Tomjanovich, Tamika Catchings, Eddie Sutton, Barbara Stevens, longtime FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann, and Kobe Bean Bryant.
The mood was mostly celebratory, but there were a few somber moments.
"And while it was a celebration, it was also a remembrance for Hall of Famers lost since the last enshrinement in 2019. Three-time Grammy Award winner Ne-Yo performed “Incredible” in their memories, the video clips playing behind him including a message from former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who died Jan. 1, 2020, and Bryant — who died Jan. 26 of that year in a helicopter crash that also killed his daughter Gianna and seven others."
Bryant wasn’t the only member to be inducted posthumously; so were Sutton and Baumann. Sutton’s son Sean Sutton delivered a recorded message on his father’s behalf; Baumann’s son, Paul, and daughter, Bianca, did the same for their father.
In the end, it was a night to remember, and a well-deserved nod towards some amazing individuals.
It's really no surprise that so many players were in awe.