Kobe Bryant was a five-time NBA champion and an 18-time All-Star during a 20-year Hall of Fame basketball career.
As of Sunday night, Bryant is now an Oscar winner as well.
Bryant’s Hollywood career got a huge boon on Sunday when the retired Los Angeles Lakers legend took home an Academy Award for his animated short film called “Dear Basketball,” which was based on a poem he wrote in 2015 announcing his retirement.
Heat star Dwyane Wade, who is married to actress Gabrielle Union and recently made his own foray into the movie-making industry as an executive producer, said he wasn’t just happy for Bryant, he was thankful his work was recognized in such a way.
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“It was incredible, man,” Wade said. “First off, his animation talents and his stories is something I enjoy. To be able to go outside of the sport that people know you in and as, and to do something that is one of the most popular things when it comes to awards you can have in this world. He’s just getting started and to be in this position where he wins an Oscar, it does amazing things for the next generation and next wave of athletes and kids as well