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.
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