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Michael Jordan to present Kobe Bryant at Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday revealed the presenters for the 2020 enshrinees.

Most notably, Michael Jordan — a 2009 inductee into the Naismith Hall of Fame — will present the late Kobe Bryant, who was the closest to emulating Jordan’s style and success on the court and whom Jordan considered to be a little brother. Jordan also spoke at Bryant’s memorial service in February 2020, showing the extent of their relationship.

MORE: ‘The Last Dance’ footage shows how young Kobe Bryant quickly earned respect of Michael Jordan

Bryant often peppered Jordan with questions about his game and preparation, much to the latter’s chagrin. But Bryant’s drive to succeed — coupled with his natural ability — revealed itself to Jordan, who took it on himself to help Bryant where he could. Their relationship began in the 1998 All-Star Game, where a 19-year-old Bryant forced Jordan to push himself. It eventually got to the point where Jordan considered Kobe the only player capable of beating him one-one-one.

“I don’t think I would lose,” Jordan said. “Other than to Kobe Bryant, because he steals all of my moves.”

Jordan will also present fellow 2020 inductee Kim Mulkey, coach of the Baylor women’s basketball team — making him the only person to present two inductees into the 2020 Hall of Fame class.

The 2020 induction ceremony will take place on May 15 after it was rescheduled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a complete rundown of the 2020 enshrinees and their respective presenters:

  • Patrick Baumann, presented by Russ Granik (’13), Vlade Divac (’19)
  • Kobe Bryant, presented by Michael Jordan (’09)
  • Tamika Catchings, presented by Alonzo Mourning (’14), Dawn Staley (’13)
  • Tim Duncan, presented by David Robinson (’09)
  • Kevin Garnett, presented by Isiah Thomas (’00)
  • Kim Mulkey, presented by Michael Jordan (’09)
  • Barbara Stevens, presented by Geno Auriemma (’06), Muffet McGraw (’17)
  • Eddie Sutton, presented by John Calipari (’15), Bill Self (’17), Sidney Moncrief (’19
  • Rudy Tomjanovich, presented by Calvin Murphy (’93), Hakeem Olajuwon (’08)


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Stanford football’s first early enrollees a success so far | SportsPac12

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By Jackson Moore, Cardinal 247: This spring is the first time Stanford has allowed early enrollments into the football program. Based on the early progress of the Cardinal’s first two early recruits, head coach David Shaw voiced his favor of bringing in more early additions in future classes.

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Stanford’s first early enrollees a success so far

This spring is the first time Stanford has allowed early enrollments into the football program. So far, so good says head coach David Shaw.

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Followers of my writing know I work with a group called Following Football, which uses a simple method to rate teams in a wide range of sports – all football-adjacent such as Aussie Rules, American football, rugby and the like – and use those ratings to forecast game outcomes. (more…)

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Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger, brother of Sam Ehlinger, found dead

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Texas football player Jake Ehlinger was found dead on Thursday by the Austin Police.

Devastating news for the Texas football program, as linebacker Jake Ehlinger was found dead by the Austin Police on Thursday afternoon.

The Austin Police Department received a call on the matter at 12:18 p.m CT. While they did not reveal how they found him, authorities have said his death is not considered suspicious. Ehlinger was the younger brother of Texas football star quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts over the weekend after a stellar career in Austin. What an absolute tragedy.

Our hearts go out to the Ehlinger Family and Longhorn Nation in this time of need.

Texas football: Linebacker Jake Ehlinger has passed away

While this was supposed to be Ehlinger’s third year with the Texas football program, he had yet to appear in a game for the Longhorns. He was entering his redshirt sophomore season as a former two-star recruit out of nearby Westlake High School. With his brother now in the NFL, the younger Ehlinger was slated to finally make his name on the Longhorns football. This is so heartbreaking.

2021 is the first year Steve Sarkisian has taken over the Texas program after having reinvented himself as an offensive coordinator with the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Atlanta Falcons before that. While he has a ton of work ahead of him in his first year on the job, this is the hardest thing he and his team will have to overcome this offseason. Ehlinger was entering the prime of his life.

May the Ehlinger and Texas football families find peace after this incredibly tragic loss.

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