Two years after retiring from the NBA, Kobe Bryant continues to collect trophies.
Bryant won his first post-game championship when “Dear Basketball”, the poem he wrote on The Players’ Tribune to announce his retirement, was named the Best Animated Short Film at the 90th Academy Awards.
His first Oscar will sit on a trophy cabinet that already boasts of five NBA championships, two Finals MVPs, one regular season MVP, four All-Star MVPs and numerous All-NBA selections.
But for Kobe, it was “better than winning [NBA] championships.”
Bryant’s fellow NBA alumni went to Twitter to congratulate him. LeBron James even took a jab at journalist Laura Ingraham, who recently said that players should just “shut up and dribble.”
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 5, 2018
Kobe!!! @kobebryant Congratulations-you continue to inspire. Elegant speech thanking Vanessa and your daughters also shout out to Molly Carter too. #winning #Lakers #GOAT 🐐 https://t.co/txaEX7bSmL — Jeanie Buss (@JeanieBuss) March 5, 2018
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