Kobe, Duncan, Garnett headline HOF finalists

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Tim BontempsESPN

CHICAGO — The star-studded Class of 2020 for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame took one step closer to induction as Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and the late Kobe Bryant were all officially named as finalists on Friday.

The Hall’s Class of 2020 will be announced during the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta on Saturday, April 4.

From the moment Garnett, Duncan and Bryant were all eligible to be inducted this year, there was no doubt that all three — each among the greatest to ever play the sport — would be enshrined on Aug. 29 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Being a lock as a finalist didn’t make the moment any less special for Garnett, who was on hand for the announcement in the same city where he spent his senior year of high school playing at Farragut Academy before being drafted fifth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1995.

“He’d probably think this is pretty awesome right here,” Garnett said with a smile when asked what the 18-year-old version of himself would’ve said about Friday’s announcement back in 1995. “The Hall of Fame is something you don’t really think about.

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