Kobe Bryant added a new piece of hardware to his already overflowing trophy case. This latest award is not exactly for basketball, but more about basketball. The 5-time NBA Champ won an Academy Award (Oscar) for his animated short film, “Dear Basketball.”
The animated film is based off a poem Bryant wrote in 2015 when he announced his retirement from the sport.
“As basketball players we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble. I’m glad we’re doing much more than that,” Bryant said in his acceptance speech, referencing controversial comments by Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham. He also thanked the Academy, composer John Williams, and his wife and daughters.
Even after leaving the game, Kobe Bryant continues to inspire others with his story, leaving a legacy of greatness, talent and extreme love for the game.