Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

National Basketball Association world reacts to Kobe Bryant's Academy Award

National Basketball Association world reacts to Kobe Bryant's Academy Award

Retired Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant brought home gold at Sunday night's 90th annual Academy Awards.

Mr. Bryant, the executive producer of "Dear Basketball", a five-minute animated feature, thanked the Academy and others involved in the film during brief acceptance remarks. Keane has previously done character work on Disney animations like "Aladdin", "Beauty and the Beast", "Pocahontas" and "Tarzan".

Bryant remains the Lakers' all-time point scorer - he only ever played for one team - and is third on the NBA's all-time list with 33,643 points.

And just saying, Kobe Bryant is paving avenues that those before him could not. "I mean, as basketball players, we are really supposed to shut up and dribble", Bryant said during his Oscar's speech.

"Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognize now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did", Bryan said previously according to ESPN. Thank you, John Williams for such a wonderful piece of music.

The "shut up and dribble" remark was a reference to a comment Laura Ingraham made in response to National Basketball Association star LeBron James, who claimed President Trump "is someone who doesn't understand the people".

"Must they run their mouths like that?" @kobebryant, who was credibly accused of rape, paid the accuser a settlement and issued her a written apology! "This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school a year early to join the National Basketball Association". So keep the political commentary to yourself. The derogatory statement insinuated that National Basketball Association athletes and presumably ones of African-American descent should just shut up and dribble.

But, his moment of glory was sullied by non-Hollywood elites who remember Bryant's scandalous past.

"I don't know if it's possible. How do we take sports and tell lovely tales, attractive stories that connect to human nature?" he said.

The internet had quite a few reactions.

Current superstars like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade also posted special messages on social media.

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