Dear Basketball: a Kobe Animation

The short animation “Dear Basketball, which won him the Oscar Prize in 2018, following the sudden death of one of the most valuable players in NBA history, was among the most shared on social media.

Kobe Bryant, a legendary 41-year-old basketball player who died in a helicopter crash, won an Oscar at the 90 Academy Awards.

The movie, which was shot after leaving basketball in 2016 and directed by Glen Keane, was based on Bryant’s letter to release the game he wrote on the media platform “the players ‘Tribune’ in November 2015.

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Bryant, who became an NBA champion in his career, said after receiving the award, “As basketball players, we need to keep quiet and dribble”.

The animation, which takes about 5 minutes, starts with Bryant’s dream of basketball when he was a six-year-old, and tells the process until his body says “it’s time to go”. Some of the poetry that comes to life in Animation with Bryant’s voice is:

Dear Basketball,

From the moment I started rolling my dad’s tube socks and shooting imaginary game-winning shots in the Great Western Forum, I knew one thing was real:

I fell in love with you.

A love so deep I gave you my all – from my mind and body, to my spirit and soul.

As a six-year-old boy deeply in love with you, I never saw the end of the tunnel. I only saw myself running out of one.

And so I ran. I ran up and down every court, after every loose ball for you.

You asked for my hustle; I gave you my heart, because it came with so much more.

I played through the sweat and the hurt, not because challenge called me but because you called me.

I did everything for you, because that’s what you do when someone makes you feel as alive as you’ve made me feel.

You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream and I’ll always love you for it.

But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer.

This season is all I have left to give.

My heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind, but my body knows it’s time to say goodbye and that’s OK. I’m ready to let you go.

I want you to know now so we both can savour every moment we have left together. The good and the bad.

We have given each other all that we have.

And we both know, no matter what I do next, I’ll always be that kid with the rolled up socks, garbage can in the corner, five seconds on the clock, ball in my hands.

Five… four… three… two… one…

Love you always,


Dear Basketball Details

Glen Keane, The Famous illustrator who created characters such as Pocahontas, Tarzan, the Little Mermaid for animated films, is the director of the film. The movie, written by Bryant and crafted by famous composer John Williams, shines light on Kobe Bryant’s passion for basketball and his sporting life.

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Kobe Bryant has expressed his thoughts about animating the poem he wrote, saying: ‘I feel that animation can only communicate more and more than live action. I think there are some things that can be expressed by animation.’ as these words indicate, Bryant tries to approach basketball from an artistic perspective through his animated film.

At the Tribeca Film Festival, it is not yet known when the film performing its premiere will be publicly displayed. Find out more about the film here, the Kobe Bryant and Glen Keane video.

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