Even after he retired, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is still winning awards. The 18-time All-Star showed his excellence extends beyond the basketball court with his Oscar win Sunday for Best Animated Short.
“Dear Basketball” – was based on the letter Bryant wrote to The Players’ Tribune in 2015 announcing his retirement. It premiered on Verizon’s go90.
In his acceptance speech, Bryant took a moment to address Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s criticism of LeBron James. Ingraham said basketball players should not comment on political issues, and should instead just “shut up and dribble.”
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He also received plenty of positive messages from current players and former teammates around the league.
Congratulations to my good friend @kobebryant for winning the Oscar for best animated short film. Well deserved!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) March 5, 2018
Congrats to KOBE first Oscar that’s big bro #dearbasketball. Proud of you, Big honor for you and your family. I’m jealous lol
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) March 5, 2018
Sadly, Shaq’s performance in “Kazaam” did not net him an Oscar.
In December, Bryant spoke to Yahoo Sports about the making of the film:
While the win was impressive, Bryant still has a long way to go until he has as many Oscars as championship rings.
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