Published: Tue, March 06, 2018

Kobe Bryant's "Dear Basketball" wins Best Animated Short Award of 90th Oscars

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Longtime Celtics nemesis Kobe Bryant captured an Oscar on Sunday, as his piece "Dear Basketball" was named best animated short film.

Bryant returned to the court with his reputation damaged from the controversy but soon found his rhythm, winning back-to-back scoring titles in the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 NBA seasons and winning the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2008.

In arguably the biggest achievement for a basketball player off the floor, the Black Mamba won an Oscar on Sunday night for his animated short "Dear Basketball", which is based on a poem he wrote for the Players' Tribune in 2015 announcing his impending retirement from basketball. He shared the award with Disney animator Glen Keane. He applauded players still in the game for making drastic steps in upping the sport. Boasting five NBA championships, an MVP Award and 18 All-Star appearances, he is widely considered one of the best basketball players of all time.

It is important to mention the 39-year-old is the first National Basketball Association player ever to win an Oscar.

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.

KOBE BRYANT just won an Oscar.

"I feel better than winning the championship, to be honest with you. I got a lot of "That's cute", said Bryant at the Oscars press conference right after his win. "So to be here, right now, and to have, like, a sense of validation is, dude - this is insane man". The internet both praised his win-and pointed out that he's yet another Academy Award victor who has a history of sexual assault allegations. When Keane said that the honor showed that "the impossible is possible", Bryant stepped to the microphone. "You have to learn the basics of things", he said of his foray into film.

The criminal charges were ultimately dropped after 15 months, the civil case was settled behind closed doors, and Kobe Bryant continued to play professional basketball more than ten years after the fact while his victim was publicly discredited and blamed in the media. "Whether you're a professional athlete or not, actor or not".

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