Here’s Kobe Bryant’s “Dear Basketball” Poem That Won Him An Oscar

NBA legend Kobe Bryant died last Sunday in a helicopter crash that claimed the life of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and 7 other passengers.

In 2015, Bryant had written a poem titled ‘Dear Basketball’ after he announced his retirement from the game. He then collaborated with Glen Keane and John Williams to turn his poem into a short film, which went on to win the Best Animated Short Film at the Academy Awards (Oscars) in 2018.

As we mourn the death of the icon, here’s a look at the famous poem he wrote five years ago:

Dear Basketball,

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.

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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,

Kobe

Source: scroll.in

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