“We all have criteria we look at in terms of thenominees: All-Star appearances, All-League, first team, second team, third team, the various awards, the championships. There’s a whole list of things we look at. And each year there’s usually one person who stands out with an array of all those honors. But this time, with those three, the accumulative is unbelievable.”
nominees[n m 'niz] 被提名者;候选人
The 2020 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has been unveiled and it's atranscendentone, headlined by Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.
transcendent[tr n s nd nt] 超越的;卓越的;杰出的
The trio‘ of Bryant, Duncan and Garnett combined to win 11 NBA championships and four MVP awards across their decorated careers. Garnett has spent his post-playing career working in media while Duncan is currently an assistant coach for the only team he ever played for, the San Antonio Spurs. Bryant died in a helicopter accident in January, but will be inductedposthumously.
posthumously[ pɑst m sl ] 死后的；身后的
“Kobe Bryant will be posthumously inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on the first ballot later this year. Kobe will be honored the way he should be."
Bryant spent his entire 20-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five championships and the 2008 MVP award. His tragic death drewtributesandeulogiesfrom around the league. A Lakers game against the Los Angeles Clippers was postponed to give the team time to grieve his loss, and when they did finally return to the court five days later, they did so only after an extremely emotional nearly-30 minute pregame tribute.
tribute[t'r bjut] 致敬;颂词;献礼
eulogies[ ju:l d i:z] 颂词;悼词
Whenever the induction ceremony does take place, it will likely serve as another opportunity for the legends in Springfield, Massachusetts to honor him.
Duncan's career on the court followed a similar path to Kobe's. He spent 19 seasons with the Spurs, winning five championships like Bryant but edging him out in MVPs by winning back-to-backtrophiesin 2002 and 2003. The two battled one another in the postseason six times, with the Lakers taking four of those series.
trophy[ tro fi] (竞赛、赛跑等的)奖品，奖杯
Their personalities couldn't have been more different, but their rivalry was the backbone of the Western Conference for over a decade. It's only fitting that they enter the Hall of Fame together.
Garnett's career was a bit more complicated. Heultimatelyplayed for three teams, starting with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but was eventually traded to the Boston Celtics where he won his only championship. He closed his career with the Brooklyn Nets and a second stint with the Timberwolves.
ultimately[ lt m tli] 最终；最后；终于
Like Bryant, he won an MVP, and the two faced each other in the NBA Finals twice. While he doesn't have nearly as much jewelry as the others, he was every bit their equalin terms ofplaying ability.
in terms of就......而言
The trio of Bryant, Duncan and Garnett combine to form one of the greatest Hall of Fame classes in the sport's history.
Theenshrinement ceremonytypically takes place in August, though the outbreak of coronavirus could potentially force the Hall of Fame to postpone the ceremony. Eventually, though, at least three basketball legends will earn their rightful place in the game's history through enshrinement at the Hall of Fame.
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