Kobe Bryant, winner of the award for best animated short for "Dear Basketball", attends the Governors Ball after the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP)
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Retired basketball star Kobe Bryant has won five NBA titles, but taking home an Oscar on his first attempt was a bigger thrill than the victories earned with the Los Angeles Lakers, the 39-year-old future Hall of Famer said on Sunday."Dear Basketball" is based on the National Basketball Association great's 2015 poem, published on the Player's Tribune website, announcing his final NBA season. Bryant narrated the five-minute film, which was directed by Glen Keane and scored by Oscar winner John Williams.Bryant, who played 20 seasons, has started his own production company in retirement, Kobe Studios.
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