Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant picks up an Oscar award:
Kobe Bryant has won several basketball championships – but the sports superstar said scooping an Oscar feels even better.
The five-time NBA champion won the best animated short category at Sunday’s Academy Awards for ‘Dear Basketball’.
The movie is based on his 2015 poem for The Players Tribune.
Accepting his award, the former Los Angeles Lakers great also took a swipe at FOX News host Laura Ingraham for her “shut up and dribble” remark directed at LeBron James.
He told the audience at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood: “As basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble, but I’m glad we’re doing a bit more than that.
“Thank you, Academy, for this amazing honor.”
Speaking backstage, the retired athlete said: “I feel better than winning the championship, I swear I do.
“Growing up as a kid I dreamed of winning championships, working really hard to make that dream come true, then to have something like this seemingly come out of left field…”
“To be here right now and to have a sense of validation, this is crazy, man. It’s crazy,” he added.