Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Here's What Shaq, Other NBA Stars Thought Of Kobe Bryant's Oscar Win

Here's What Shaq, Other NBA Stars Thought Of Kobe Bryant's Oscar Win

Almost 15 months later, all the charges were dropped and Bryant went on to play basketball, visibly unscathed from the scandal.

Kobe Bryant and Glen Keane pose in the press room with the Oscar for best animated short film for "Dear Basketball" during the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. He applauded players still in the game for making drastic steps in upping the sport.

Asked how the business of storytelling differs from sports, Bryant said, "I think the hardest part about it ... is when you're playing basketball ..."

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. He was drafted as the 13th overall pick in the first round of the 1996 NBA Draft when he was just 17 years old by the Charlotte Hornets but was quickly traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Fox News' Laura Ingraham had lobbed the "shut up and dribble" line at LeBron James and Kevin Durant last month, after the two players were shown in a video criticizing President Donald Trump.

Bryant said he heard dismissive comments like "That's cute" when he told people he wanted to become a storyteller in retirement.

But on Sunday night, he topped the feeling of winning those five championships with the Lakers.

"To be here right now and to have like ... a sense of validation is ... this is insane, man,". Following sentiments shared by his co-winner who noted that through passion and perseverance, "the impossible is possible", Bryant added: "I don't know if it's possible".

Speaking upon receiving his award Kobe thanked the Academy and creators of the movie.

Bryant credited many who helped him decide to do the voice-over work on "Dear Basketball", mentioning to Variety that Oprah Winfrey and Shonda Rhimes gave him advice on how to start a studio. "You have to learn the basics of things", he said of his foray into film.

His 11-year-old daughter helped push him forward, Bryant said, by telling him, "You always tell us to go after our dreams, so man up".

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