Watch Kobe Bryant's Oscar-nominated short film, 'Dear Basketball'

Florence Fletcher
January 23, 2018

Kobe Bryant, considered one of the greatest bastketball players of all time, on Tuesday also became and Oscar nominee. He was originally selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th overall pick of the 1996 NBA Draft, but due to his desire to play for the Lakers, Bryant, just 17 years old at the time, demanded a trade and saw his wish granted.

Bryant, now 39 years old, was part of a wave of high school players to skip college and jump straight to the National Basketball Association.

Kobe's film, which famously features a score written by legendary film composer John Williams, is based on his letter that was posted on the Players' Tribune to announce his then-upcoming retirement in 2015.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their full list of Oscar nominees for 2018 and among them was Bryant's animated film "Dear Basketball". First, Bryant had both his No. 8 and No. 24 retired by the Lakers in an extraordinary ceremony at the Staples Center last month. The short film was directed by Glen Keane, the animator behind various classic Disney animated films such as "The Little Mermaid", "Aladdin", and "Beauty and the Beast". National Basketball Association all time great Kobe Bryant received a nomination for his animated short category.

The 90th Academy Awards will be televised on ABC and will air March 4.

Matt Citak is a producer for CBS Local Sports and a proud Vanderbilt alum.

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