Magazine article Variety

Hoops Loops Musical Legend

Magazine article Variety

Hoops Loops Musical Legend

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COMPOSER JOHN williams had never seen a basketball game - high school, college or pro.

Yet when L.A. Lakers legend Kobe Bryant called about scoring a five-minute animated short based on his farewell poem to the sport, the five-time Oscar winner interrupted his work on "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" to comply.

The short is called "Dear Basketball," and Williams and Bryant aren't the only legends involved. It was animated by Glen Keane.

"Right from the beginning Kobe really wanted this to feel as hand-crafted as possible," Keane says. "It was also very important that, for our composer, we have somebody who's not just using a synthesizer, but real instruments in an orchestra. Something very personal."

Bryant wrote the poem - a love letter that chronicles his sports obsession from the time he was 6 - in November 2015, five months before his retirement at age 37. …

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