To no one’s surprise, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will induct Kobe Bryant posthumously later this year. Bryant will join Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and six others as part of the 2020 class, but the ceremony will obviously be bittersweet.Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26. Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, was understandably emotional when speaking to ESPN’s Rece Davis on Saturday after the Hall of Fame revealed Bryant was part of the star-studded class. “Those qualities helped Kobe lead us to five titles — and have now brought him to the Hall of Fame, where he will be enshrined with the greatest to have ever played the game. No one deserves it more.”What a journey it’s been. Welcome to the Hall of Fame, Kobe. pic.twitter.com/4tLIttRyaW— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 4, 2020Lakers vice president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka, who was Bryant’s agent for years before shifting to a front office role, said the induction is an honor that Bryant would “deeply appreciate.””The highest of congratulations to you, dear friend,” Pelinka said. “This one is so well deserved — for all the hard work, sweat and toil. Now, a part of you will live in the Hall with the rest of the all-time greats, where your legend and spirit will continue to grow forever.” MORE: Iman Shumpert shares a classic Kobe story”It’s an incredible accomplishment and honor, and we’re extremely proud of him,” Vanessa said alongside her daughter Natalia. “Obviously we wish that he was here with us to celebrate. But it’s definitely the peak of his NBA career, and every accomplishment that he had as an athlete was a stepping stone to be here.”We’re incredibly proud of him, and there’s some solace in knowing that he was probably going to be a part of the 2020 Hall of Fame class.””We’re incredibly proud of him.”Vanessa and Natalia Bryant joined Rece Davis after Kobe’s induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. pic.twitter.com/HX31pyvgPe— ESPN (@espn) April 4, 2020The Lakers superstar spent his entire career in Los Angeles, winning five NBA championships and earning 18 All-Star selections.”No amount of words can fully describe what Kobe Bryant meant to the Los Angeles Lakers,” Lakers governor Jeanie Buss said in a team statement. “Kobe was not only a proven winner and a champion, he gave everything he had to the game of basketball. His fierce competitiveness, work ethic and drive were unmatched.
As for the countries major metropolitan areas, Vancouver was the one to avoid, with an average price of 126 per litre, 12 cents more than the next highest average in Victoria, and 43 cents higher than the lowest average in Edmonton. It was arguably better described as a slow trickle than a drop, but as we finished the month yesterday, the common posted gasoline price in Fort St. John was still moving in the right direction for motorists.It was a 116.9 cents a litre, down 11 cents in less than two months, but still 3 cents higher than the common price in Dawson Creek, and 5 cents above that city’s low end price.The real bargains however, were to be found after you crossed border into Alberta, with the Fas Gas at Demmitt down to 96.9 cents a litre, and the Husky at Hythe at 95.8.- Advertisement -If you kept going east you found the low end Costco Price in Grande Prairie was all the way down to 81.9, and by the time you got Edmonton, 77.4 was, the most common price, according to the Gas Buddy monitor.It also had the Alberta average down to 88.4, and senior analyst Dan McTeague talked to us about the variations in price and the reduction pace.The same Gas Buddy website monitor yesterday afternoon showed BC still had the highest provincial average at a 114.8 cents a litre — 26 less than the Alberta and Manitoba averages — which were the lowest in the country.Advertisement