nsucurrent.com March 17, 2018

NBA stars react to Kobe Bryant winning Oscar for 'Dear Basketball'

06 March 2018, 02:01 | Lowell Little

Oscar-Winner Kobe Bryant Takes a Jab at Fox News

Kobe Bryant is an Oscar winner

Few could have predicted that National Basketball Association legend Kobe Bryant would follow up 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association and five championship wins with an Academy Award.

At the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday (Monday AEDT), Bryant won an Oscar in the animated short category for "Dear Basketball", a poem he penned down after ending his illustrious basketball career in 2016.

The movie emerged victor of the Academy Award for best animated short, and was a collaboration with between the legendary John Williams and Glen Keane.

Bryant, the film's executive producer, picked an ideal teammate in Disney's Keane, the animator who is behind, among other projects, "Aladdin", "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid". He applauded players still in the game for making drastic steps in upping the sport. "I'm glad we do a bit more than that".

Kobe Bryant has also won the world's Most Valuable Player award back in 2008 as well as becoming NBA's two-time scoring champion in 20076 and 2007.

Kobe Bryant (left) speaks during ceremony to unveil statue of Los Angeles Lakers former center Shaquille O'Neal at Staples Center.

In his speech and in his post-award comments, Bryant had some pointed words for Fox News host Laura Ingraham.

Kobe Bryant is a retired professional basketball player who spent his whole career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"This feels better than winning a championship!", Bryant exclaimed. "To be here now and have this sense of validation, this is insane, man", Bryant said.

"As I picked up the phone to call the police, Gary put his hand on my neck and squeezed", Fiorentino said.

While it is uncertain whether the academy will take any action if the petition reaches a very-close goal of 17,000 signatures, the rehashing of the case certainly seems to have dimmed some of Bryant's luster on the heels of becoming the first National Basketball Association player to take home an Academy Award.

From the stage, Bryant thanked his wife, Vanessa, and three daughters, naming each of them. "Whether you're a professional athlete or not, actor or not. Thank you Verizon for believing in the film", he added.

Both the letter and the film deal largely with Bryant's love of a basketball taht began at a very early age.

Other News

Trending Now

Australian PM declines to offer Trump any advice on gun control
And despite a rising tide of isolationism, Mr Turnbull argued that the U.S. was at its best when it was acting as a global leader. Security surrounding the White House grounds was increased following the incident.

USA carrier on historic Vietnam visit amid sea rift with China
China has condemned the operations and has responded in the past by scrambling fighter jets to monitor the USA vessels. Navy, the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Sunda Strait on April 14, 2017 in Indonesia.

More rain and strong storms tonight
More moderate to heavy rain is possible at this time with rain totals potentially ranging from 1 to 2 inches. Drier weather works in Friday and for the weekend with temperatures dropping back into the 50s.

Korea issues Joseph Yun to retire
His departure will leave the Trump administration without an envoy for engaging North Korea or an ambassador in South Korea. We want to talk also, only under the right conditions.

Turkey unleashes deadly strikes against Syrian pro-government forces
Five "heroic comrades fell as martyrs and seven were wounded", an initial statement from Turkey's military said. The air strike followed one of the bloodiest days for Turkish troops since they began the offensive in January.

Florida lawmakers shoot down ban on AR-15's
The body then moved to other legislation on guns. "I think this journey is just beginning", Galvano added. All of the votes in the Florida senate that rejected the bill banning AR-15s were from Republicans.

Jose Mourinho had a cutting answer to Antonio Conte question
Chelsea travel to Manchester United for lunch-time drama in the Premier League on Sunday at Old Trafford. Liverpool and Man City are the only sides to take more points away from home than Chelsea this season.

Multiple NFL Teams Want Lamar Jackson to Work Out as a Receiver
Jackson had a formal meeting with the Eagles which is significant because teams only get a limited amount of formal interviews. I love putting the ball in receiver's hands. "I love those boys - Jarvis Landry , that would be a great offense".

Leaders break ground on Afghan section of TAPI
Ghani said the pipeline would "unite (the) countries" in quotes translated into Russian for reporters at the ceremony. India's Minister of State External Affairs at the event said his country is committed to supporting the project.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation condemns 'threatening' Russian Federation after weapons show
He also said Sarmat could carry an array of warheads capable of dodging missile defences. "You listen to us now". "We're not surprised", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said.