Dear Basketball

Bryant Nominated for Oscars Award

Kobe Bryant’s ‘Dear Basketball’ Receives Oscar Nomination

Let this prove that basketball players can do more than just dribble and shoot.

After a lengthy NBA career filled with various awards and accolades, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has an opportunity to add to an already vast resume. The 39-year old has been nominated for Dear Basketball, a short animated film based off an entry he wrote for The Players’ Tribune back in 2015 when he announced his plans to retire from the game.

Remaining as busy as ever past his basketball career, The Black Mamba spoke on the honour.

“I’ve always been told that as basketball players the expectation is that you play,” Said Bryant. “This is all you know. This is all you do. Don’t think about handling finances. Don’t think about going into business. Don’t think that you want to be a writer — that’s cute. I got that a lot. What do you want to do when you retire? ‘Well, I want to be a storyteller.’ That’s cute. This is … a form of validation for people to look and say, ‘OK, he really can do something other than dribble and shoot.’”

Dear Basketball is one of five films nominated for the award.

“I’ll probably sleep with it!” Said Kobe on what he would do with the award if he wins it. “When I was a kid, the first time my parents bought me an official, leather NBA basketball, I slept with it for about a week. So it will be [wife] Vanessa, [third daughter] Bianka, me, Oscar. That will be our sleeping arrangement.”

Let’s see if Bryant can replicate the clutch gene on the Oscars stage.


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