"We're definitely cancelling", Colangelo said. "We'll meet in a couple of weeks and look at the options of how and when and where".
Originally, the enshrinement weekend was planned for August 28-30.
He told ESPN that the Hall of Fame explored the possibility of moving the ceremony from Springfield's 2,611-seat Symphony Hall to the city's 8,319-seat MassMutual Centre to provide more opportunity for social distancing, but ultimately the decision was made to wait until next year.More news: Toronto family questions police involvement in woman's fatal fall from balcony
Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players of all-time and a Los Angeles Lakers legend, was announced as an inductee into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame for this year.
The 2020 class also includes former Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich, who led Houston to two NBA titles; former Oklahoma State college coach Eddie Sutton, who died Saturday at age 84; Tamika Catchings, the four-time Olympian and 10-time WNBA All-Star; Baylor women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey; Bentley College women's basketball coach Barbara Stevens and former FIBA and International Olympic Committee executive Patrick Baumann.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, an alternative timeline of hosting the event in mid-October was proposed but Jerry Colangelo, chairman of the board of governors for the Hall, told MacMullan that such a plan was "just not feasible" given the extent of how the novel coronavirus has impacted the United States.More news: Windows 10 May 2020 Update is brimming with annoying issues
Bryant died four months ago when his helicopter crashed in Calabasas, Calif. His daughter Gianna Bryant was also killed.
His public funeral held at Staples Centers drew thousands and was broadcast live on television. He died earlier this month at 84. Patrick Baumann, the former secretary general of FIBA, was inducted as a contributor. "The Class of 2020 is a very special class and deserves its own celebration".More news: Microsoft builds huge cloud-based AI supercomputer for OpenAI