Lakers Legend Kobe Bryant Wins Oscar Award for ‘Dear Basketball’
Sunday night not only marked the 90th anniversary of the Oscars, but it also marked Los Angeles Laker Legend Kobe Bryant’s first Academy Award victory.
After a lengthy and Hall of Fame worthy career with the Lakers, Bryant decided to go Hollywood, winning his first Oscar for his contributions to the animated short, ‘Dear Basketball’. The film was based on a poem the 39-year old wrote back when he announced his intentions to retire via The Player’s Tribune.
“And to Kobe, for writing ‘Dear Basketball,’ it’s a message for all of us,” Director Glen Keane said during his acceptance speech. “Whatever form your dream may take, it’s through passion and perseverance that the impossible is possible.”
A humbled Bryant accepted his award alongside Keane.
“I don’t know if it’s possible,” Bryant said. “I mean, as basketball players, we are really supposed to shut up and dribble. But I am glad we do a little bit more than that.”
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 5, 2018
Of course his Oscars win and support for LeBron James did not go unnoticed as well!
Congratulations, Black Mamba!