Kobe Bryant Wins Oscar For "Dear Basketball"

Jenna Warner
March 6, 2018

"Congratulations to my good friend [Kobe Bryant] for winning the Oscar for best animated short film".

His name litters many basketball ball jerseys worn by the enthusiasts of the game in the streets. Bryant won an Academy Award for his work on an animated short called "Dear Basketball". Animator Glen Keane accepted the award alongside Bryant.

The Basketball icon also thanked his family upon receiving the award, "Thank you, Molly Carter, without you we wouldn't be here". That decorated tenure included 18 All-Star selections, five NBA championships and an NBA MVP award. He was drafted as the 13th overall pick in the first round of the 1996 NBA Draft when he was just 17 years old by the Charlotte Hornets but was quickly traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

His words referenced comments made by Laura Ingraham, a Fox News presenter who criticised Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant and Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James for openly stating their opposition to US President Donald Trump. "Don't think that you want to be a writer - that's cute", Bryant told the Undefeated's Kelley L. Carter before the Oscars got underway.

Following Bryant's win, James showed support on Twitter, writing, "Salute @kobebryant on that Oscar!". To be here right now and to have like. a sense of validation is. this is insane, man.

Bryant spoke to reporters following his Oscar victory and said it felt better than winning a championship.

"In playing basketball, the hardest thing to do is to get out of the way of yourself - to try to disassociate any sense of ego that you have".

Bryant was accused of rape by a 19-year-old hotel worker. While the charges against Bryant were dropped, he issued a public apology at the time in which he admitted that consent was not properly given.

"An important conversation has been started about sexual assault and harassment, so why is Bryant being honored for best animated short if Time really is Up?" the creator of the petition wrote.

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