Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bryant Wins Oscar for Animated Short Film 'Dear Basketball'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bryant Wins Oscar for Animated Short Film 'Dear Basketball'

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At Sunday night's 90th annual Academy Awards, Kobe Bryant won another trophy, this one for the Oscar in the animated short category.

Bryant, the retired Los Angeles Lakers star, brought home the golden statue for his contributions to the animated short "Dear Basketball," based on a poem he wrote in 2015 announcing his impending retirement from professional basketball.

As executive producer, Bryant accepted his Oscar from "Star Wars'' star Mark Hamill.

He shared the award with Disney animator Glen Keane.

Bryant, who seemed in disbelief and had to take a deep breath as he repeatedly looked at his Oscar, then delivered a message.

"I don't know if it's possible," Bryant retorted. "I mean, as basketball players, we are really supposed to shut up and dribble. But I am glad we do a little bit more than that. …

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