In addition to being a five-time NBA champion, Kobe Bryant was also an Oscar winner.
When he announced his retirement, he penned a poem for The Players’ Tribune, which later went on to be adapted into a five-minute and 22-second animation.
It was titled, Dear Basketball, and won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 2018.
The film, which was narrated by Bryant, told the story of a boy living out his basketball dreams. It was animated and directed by Glen Keane, the son of “The Family Circus” creator Bil Keane with music composed by the legendary John Williams.
Variety said that the film became hard to locate following the Oscar win, with only teaser trailers offering glimpses.
However, to honor Bryant, his production company, Granity Studios, made the film available for free yesterday on the dearbasketball.com website and on Vimeo.
“It’s a message for all of us,” said Keane while accepting the Oscar alongside Bryant in 2018. “It’s through passion and perseverance that the impossible is possible.”
On Sunday, Bryant died in a helicopter crash that also ended the lives of eight other people, including: his daughter Gianna, John, Keri, and Alyssa Altobelli, Payton and Sarah Chester, Christine Mauser, and Ara Zobayan.