The Legend Continues: Kobe’s ‘Dear Basketball’ Wins Best Animated

Kobe Bryant adds to his decorated resume an Academy Award for his short film ‘Dear Basketball.’

Bryant served as the executive director of the film that displayed an animated story of his journey from a young, eager student of basketball to his now legendary status.

This all took place at the 90th Academy Awards that took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

‘Dear Basketball’ was based on a poem that Bryant wrote in the Players Tribune in 2015, amidst his retirement.

‘Dear Basketball’

Bryant is a five-time NBA champion, a one-time MVP, a two-time NBA Finals MVP, a 15-time All-NBA selection, a two-time scoring champion and an 18-time All-Star in his 20 years of basketball.

Now, he’s continuing his greatness, showing that he’s not a one-trick pony (something we already knew), but this time, by making his mark in the film industry.

What’s next?

This is just the beginning for Bryant. In January, ESPN announced it’s partnership with Bryant’s Granity Studios for a new show called Detail and guess who will serve as the writer and producer of this film? You guessed it: Kobe Bean Bryant.

Bryant spoke with Kelley L. Carter of The Undefeated:

“They all center around sports. How do we take sports and tell beautiful tales, beautiful stories that connect to human nature? If you look at sports as a whole, it connects people worldwide, on a global scale. Much like music does. But what separates music from sports is that sports is something that unites people, something people do together.”


  1. Love this feature!


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