Kobe Bryant wins Oscar for animated short film 'Dear Basketball'


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Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant added another trophy to his large collection of career accolades Sunday. Except this one has a much different feel than the five Larry O’Brien trophies the future Hall of Famer won over his storied basketball career. 

Bryant’s Dear Basketball won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film at Sunday’s Academy Awards. The six-minute film is based on a poem Bryant wrote  that was published in The Players Tribune in 2015, when he announced his retirement from the NBA. Glen Keane, who has animation credits for Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, helped direct the film. 

“I don’t know if it’s possible. I mean, as basketball players we’re really supposed to shut-up and dribble but I’m glad we do a little bit more than that,” Bryant said as he accepted the Oscar.

“Thank you, Academy, for this amazing honor. Thank you, John Williams, for such a wonderful piece of music. Thank you, Verizon, for believing in the…

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