Oscars 2018: Kobe Bryant wins Best Animated Short Film

06 March, 2018, 03:17 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • Dan MacMedan-USA TODAY NETWORK

James was one of many NBA stars saluting Bryant after his "Dear Basketball" won and Oscar in the animated short category during the 90th annual Academy Awards on Sunday night.

Dear Basketball, written by Bryant and directed by Glen Keane, is based on a letter Bryant had published on The Players' Tribune website, announcing his plans to retire from basketball.

"I think everybody wants to approach things in whatever position that is comfortable for them", Bryant continued. "I mean, as basketball players, we are really supposed to shut up and dribble", Bryant said during his Oscar's speech. But I'm glad we do a little bit more than that.

During their acceptance speech, Bryant ripped a Fox News host for implying LeBron James and all other basketball players shouldn't affect the world outside of their sport. The derogatory statement insinuated that National Basketball Association athletes and presumably ones of African-American descent should just shut up and dribble.

NBA Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal and Bill Russell sent their message of thanks via Twitter, with Bryant's former Los Angeles Lakers teammates also sent their messages of congratulations.

Bryant's win Sunday night has at least led to James thinking about that possibility.

Bryant told reporters in the interview room after receiving the award, "I feel better than winning a championship, to be honest with you". And I got a lot of, 'That's cute, that's cute. "This is insane, man, it's insane", an elated Bryant told the gathered media in the backstage area at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

"The hardest thing when you start over, you have to quiet the ego and begin again".

It ends by counting down the final five seconds on a game clock. Good to see him being the bigger man here, though.

Kobe Bryant now adds an Oscar to his impressive collection of NBA Championships, Gold Medals, and sports awards.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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