Kobe Bryant Adds yet Another Piece of Hardware to his Legacy

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Kobe Bryant Adds yet Another Piece of Hardware to his Legacy

Kobe stands triumphantly with his Oscar last night

Kobe stands triumphantly with his Oscar last night

Kobe stands triumphantly with his Oscar last night

Kobe stands triumphantly with his Oscar last night

Jack Hartman, Editor

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Kobe may never beat Jordan’s six rings, but he now has something Mike (or any other basketball player) has never achieved: an academy award.

Kobe Bryant’s “Dear Basketball” won the Oscar for best animated short film at the annual Oscars awards show last night.  During his acceptance speech, he took time to address the recent controversy regarding professional athletes in America and their political platform, poking fun at the “Shut up and Dribble” comments made against Lebron James a few weeks.

Kobe during his acceptance speech last night at the Oscars

Kobe’s accomplishment can serve as an example for other players in the NBA that there are multiple avenues and opportunities that come with being a professional basketball player.  If you have a passion in another area, such as show businesses, anything is possible.

“Dear Basketball” was based on a poem Kobe wrote in 2015 announcing his retirement from basketball to the world.  The short film centers around his love story with the game and the commitment he had to his craft during his chase for greatness.  He retired in 2015 as one of the all-time greatest players of all time and in Los Angeles sports history after a career that included 20 seasons on the Lakers and 5 championship seasons.  He recently had both of his numbers retired for the Lakers, numbers 8 and 24, becoming the first player to have two different numbers retired.

Hans Gutknecht
Kobe Bryant with family and friends during a ceremony to retire both the numbers he wore as a Los Angeles Laker at the Staples Center in December