Bill Bertka and Kobe Bryant
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Kobe Bryant, Bill Bertka Nominated for Basketball Hall of Fame

by Joey Ramirez
Digital Reporter

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.

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