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Another trophy for Kobe Bryant: NBA legend wins Sports Emmy for ‘Dear Basketball’

Another trophy for Kobe Bryant: NBA legend wins Sports Emmy for ‘Dear Basketball’
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Kobe Bryant’s trophy collection just keeps getting bigger.

The five-time NBA champion’s animated short film, Dear Basketball, won a Sports Emmy Award on Tuesday night for Outstanding Post-Produced Graphic Design.

Dear Basketball also won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film at the Academy Awards in March.

“As basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble,” Bryant said on stage as he accepted the Oscar. “I’m glad we do a little bit more than that.”

Backstage, he said, “I feel better than winning a championship. … It’s crazy.”

Dear Basketball, which is narrated by Bryant, is based on a poem he wrote that was published in The Players’ Tribune in 2015, when he announced his retirement. 

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Bryant also has a new show on ESPN+ — Detail, which features the 18-time All-Star analyzing NBA game film. 

“In the world of media today, with all this click-bait going on, and when people talk about basketball — the playoffs, in particular — they keep it on a very superficial level, right?” Bryant told USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick last month. “This player’s not passing the ball here. I think this team will win because they have more size, or I think this team will win because they’re faster, or this team will win because they’re better shooters. But nobody is looking at why things happen, right? And so, from that standpoint, I said, ‘OK, well how did I used to study film?’ I used to break down film in a very, very specific way in order to win a game in the playoffs.

” … So I actually created a show that was just that. If I took on the personality of James Harden, of Steph Curry, DeMar DeRozan, whoever. If I was them and we just played Game 1, I go home and I watch Game 1, (so) what am I learning from that? What would I be studying for that to get ready for Game 2? That’s what this show is.”

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