Kobe Bryant is one of the best basketball players ever to lace them up, he led the Lakers to five NBA Championships, was an 18-time all-star, and is one of the most influential players of the last 20+ years. Kobe’s impact has stretched far past the hardwood and onto the silver screen. Kobs’s career highlights could be a movie on their own, a starry about how a guy had to grind to earn playing time and that monkey never left his back as he continued to improve and rise through the ranks of the NBA’s elite until every kid shooting a piece of paper into a garbage can couldn’t do it without yelling KOBE!
When Kobe played his last game not only did he lead the Lakers to victory with clutch shots down the stretch but he dropped 60 points. After the game, Kobe was not only exhausted, but he was very emotional knowing he had just played his last game. When a reporter asked him what he wanted to do after basketball, he didn’t hesitate in saying that he wanted to pursue professional storytelling. When I first heard that I was confused for multiple reasons, One I didn’t know that that was a profession, two that it’s quite the interesting post-career route, and last but not least I was really hoping he would be a personal trainer for future NBA stars. Regardless if I understood it or not you got to respect Kobe following his passions and of course he’s elite at his new passion as well.
Kobe Bryant produced “Dear Basketball” an Oscar nomination for his animated short film with animator Glen Keane, who’s worked on some animated movies you may have heard of like “Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” The six-minute short film is based on a letter Bryant wrote in The Players’ Tribune back in 2015, where he announced his retirement from basketball. Just look at the trailer of what the dynamic duo of Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant was able to create.