Kobe Bryant added an Oscar to his trophy collection Sunday night, taking home a golden statue in the animated short category for “Dear Basketball”.
Bryant used his speech to take a shot at racist TV talking heads who claim that NBA players should simply “shut up and dribble.”
Kobe: "As basketball players, we're really supposed to shut up and dribble."
Kobe takes a shot at that Fox News reporter. 🐐 pic.twitter.com/oHRbARABlk
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Kobe told reporters that his latest triumph felt “better than winning championships.”
Per the AP:
Backstage, Bryant looked lovingly at the statue cradled in his hands and mouthed, “My God.”
“I feel better than winning championships,” he said, a smile never leaving his face. “This is crazy, man, it’s crazy.”
Bryant said he heard dismissive comments like “That’s cute” when he told people he wanted to become a storyteller in retirement.
“The hardest thing when you start over, you have to quiet the ego and begin again. You have to learn the basics of things,” he said.