Retired Los Angeles Lakers basketball star, Kobe Bryant has been recognised by the Academy Awards in the animated short category for “Dear Basketball” which is based on a poem he wrote back in 2015.
Bryant responded on Twitter, “What?? This is beyond the realm of imagination. It means so much that the @TheAcademy deemed #DearBasketball worthy of contention. Thanks to the genius of @GlenKeanePrd & John Williams for taking my poem to this level. It’s an honor to be on this team.”
The poem talks about how he fell in love with the sport and his retirement from basketball.
“Dear Basketball, from the moment I started rolling my dad’s tube socks, and shooting imaginary game-winning shots in the Great Western Forum, I knew one thing was real: I fell in love with you.
“I can’t love you obsessively for much longer,” it says. “This season is all I have left to give. My heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind. But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.”
Bryant, 39, is a five-time NBA champion who played 20 seasons with the Lakers before retiring last year. He was nominated along with veteran Disney animator Glen Keane.