When Kobe Bryant announced his retirement he ended his 20th season in Kobe fashion. 60 point game and with a short animated cartoon entitled Dear Basketball. The next chapter of his life after basketball. Dear Basketball is an animated short that embodies his incomparable retirement announcement poem. The hand-drawn animated film speaks directly to the game of basketball, and conveys Kobe’s gratitude, love, and passion for the sport before leaving it behind.
Directed by acclaimed Disney animator, Glen Keane, and scored by Oscar Award-winning composer, John Williams, this Oscar® nominated animated short is nothing short of spectacular.
Watch “Dear Basketball” here
Kobe Bryant and Glen Keane acceptance speech.
Kobe Bryant and Glen Keane backstage acceptance speech.