He led the NBA in scoring during two seasons and ranks third on the league's all-time regular season scoring and fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list. He holds the NBA record for the most seasons playing with one franchise for an entire career and is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Bryant is the first guard in NBA history to play for at least 20 seasons. The son of former NBA player Joe Bryant, Kobe Bryant enjoyed a successful high school basketball career at Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania, where he was recognized as the top high school basketball player in the country.
Bryant, the retired Los Angeles Lakers star, brought home the golden statue for his contributions to the animated short "Dear Basketball," based on a poem he wrote in announcing his impending retirement from basketball.
He shared the award with Disney animator Glen Keane. Editor's Picks 'Icarus' wins Oscar for best documentary 1 Related "And to Kobe, for writing 'Dear Basketball,' it's a message for all of us," Keane said during his acceptance speech. But I am glad we do a little bit more than that.
He spoke a few words of Italian -- a language he learned as a child growing up in Italy -- and closed by telling them, "You are my inspiration.
Or as someone once said, 'Shut up and dribble,'" also applauded Bryant for his achievement.
He also was asked if winning an Oscar one day was one of his goals. But now that I'm in a movie and film and TV business and doing so many things, if at some point we can be nominated and win the Oscar, that would be something that I never thought that would happen for sure.
We've got some things in the works, so we'll see what happens," he said. Bryant told reporters in the interview room after receiving the award, "I feel better than winning a championship, to be honest with you.
I swear I do. You'll be depressed when your career's over.
To be here now and have this sense of validation, this is crazy, man. My heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind.
But my body knows it's time to say goodbye. Bryant said he got his inspiration to turn the project into a film from his year-old daughter, Gianna, who told him, "Dad, you always tell us to go after our dreams, so man up.
Lakers coach Luke Walton said Monday he didn't watch the Oscars when Bryant won his award but he isn't surprised that his former teammate won. Anybody that has been around him knows how dedicated he is and how hard he works when he puts his mind to something.
Happy for him but not surprised. With a straight face? But hey, I don't know, that's his call.