Two Lakers legends are up for the sport’s highest honor, as Kobe Bryant and Bill Bertka were announced as nominees for the Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020.
A surefire first-ballot Hall of Famer, Bryant led the Lakers to five NBA championships in his 20 seasons as a Laker. One of the most decorated players in league history, he also earned 18 All-Star appearances, 12 All-Defensive nods, two scoring titles, two Finals MVPs and the 2008 regular-season MVP.
Bryant also currently ranks third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, with 33,643 points in his career.
Bertka, meanwhile, is currently in his 46th season with the Lakers. During that time, he has occupied a variety of roles, including: assistant coach, interim coach, Director of Scouting, Special Assistant to the General Manager, and Basketball Consultant.
The 92-year-old owns 10 championship rings with the Lakers, has made 20 Finals appearances, and revolutionized the scouting industry.