Dear, Basketball: In Memoriam of Kobe Bryant


“I’ll always be that kid with the rolled up socks, garbage can in the corner, :05 on the clock, ball in my hands, 5… 4… 3… 2… 1” – Kobe Bryant.

January 26th 2020 the world heard the news of the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, alongside his daughter Gigi and 7 others.

Kobe left a huge mark on the basketball circuit. So much so that his legacy transpired all over the globe. Achieving many accolades and awards in his 20 year run with the LA Lakers. But what I’m here to discuss is an award I was completely unaware of until just days ago, and that was for an Academy Award he won back in 2018 for his Best Animated Short Film ‘Dear, Basketball’.

Dear, Basketball is Kobe’s personal love letter and farewell to the sport in which made him the man he became. A short, simple yet incredibly uplifting drawn animation, which produces the same level of heartwarming sweetness that the likes of Disney have created their brand around, but it manages to do it in 5 minutes.

Directed and illustrated by Glen Keane, the animation is reminiscent of an early storyboard sketch. Documenting Kobe’s life from child dreamer to legacy creator.

Narrated by the Laker himself, the short feels calming and sweet on first appeal, now given recent events adds a haunting and heartbreaking touch, as you listen to a man saying a farewell to a life he’s leaving behind.

His death manages to accentuate his words and meanings, making it more relevant and moving than what would have been previously envisioned. A short piece, celebrating the short life of a man who had a long career.

R.I.P Mamba.

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