USA- Following his death on Sunday, Kobe Bryant’s studio (Granity Studio) has made Dear Basketball, the Oscar-winning short that was written and narrated by Bryant back in 2017, available online for free.
Variety adds that the five-minute and 22-second film can be found on dearbasketball.com, as well as on Vimeo or at the end of this story.
The short, which won an Academy Award two years ago for “Best Animated Short Film,” is based on a poem that Bryant wrote for The Players’ Tribune in his final season in the NBA to announce that it would, in fact, be his last season in the NBA.
The Poem Kobe wrote:-
From the moment I started rolling my dad’s tube socks
And shooting imaginary game-winning shots
In the Great Western Forum I knew one thing was real:
I fell in love with you.
A love so deep I gave you my all —
From my mind & body
To my spirit & soul.
As a six-year-old boy
Deeply in love with you
I never saw the end of the tunnel.
I only saw myself
Running out of one.
And so I ran.
I ran up and down every court
After every loose ball for you.
You asked for my hustle
I gave you my heart
Because it came with so much more.
I played through the sweat and hurt
Not because challenge called me
But because YOU called me.
I did everything for YOU
Because that’s what you do
When someone makes you feel as
Alive as you’ve made me feel.
You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream
And I’ll always love you for it.
But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer.
This season is all I have left to give.
My heart can take the pounding
My mind can handle the grind
But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.
And that’s OK.
I’m ready to let you go.
I want you to know now
So we both can savour every moment we have left together.
The good and the bad.
We have given each other
All that we have.
And we both know, no matter what I do next
I’ll always be that kid
With the rolled-up socks
Garbage can in the corner
:05 seconds on the clock
Ball in my hands.
5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1
Love you always,
The film was animated and directed by Glen Keane and has a score composed by 52-time Academy Award nominee John Williams.
As its own website describes it, Dear Basketball:
[B]rings to life Kobe Bryant’s 2015 farewell letter to the game he loves. With hand-drawn animation set to a soaring musical score, “Dear Basketball”, tells the inspiring story of one little boy living out his basketball dream.
“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.”
Variety adds that the film became hard to locate following the Oscar win, with the Granity website and dearbasketball.com only offering teaser trailers.
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.
Watch the video below:- Dear Basketball – Kobe Bryant