LeBron James and Kobe Bryant rivalry was the talk of the hour in the basketball scene for the past decade till Bryant’s retirement in 2015. James once again watched Kobe Bryant score big but on a different turf this time. Bryant won the Oscar for “Dear Basketball” in the animated short film category on Sunday.
Holding a different shiny trophy, Bryant later said, “I feel better than winning a championship, to be honest with you. I swear I do.”
Along with James other big players like Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal congratulated Bryant after the Los Angeles Lakers superstar won an Academy Award.
On Monday, James watched Bryant’s film, “Dear Basketball,” which was based on a poem the five-time NBA winner wrote in 2015 in advance of his retirement from playing.
James said, “It was phenomenal,”
James jumped into show business much before than Bryant. He is acclaimed for his supporting role in the comedy “Trainwreck”, he also owns a film production company. However, he said he isn’t driven to match Bryant’s Hollywood record.
“Nah, it’s never been one of my goals,” he said of winning an Oscar. “But now that I’m in a movie and film and TV business and doing so many things if at some point we can be nominated and win the Oscar, that would be something that I never thought that would happen for sure. We’ve got some things in the works, so we’ll see what happens.”
James has served an executive producer for several TV series and his company is working on a documentary about Muhammad Ali. He’s also planning a sequel to the much loved basketball movie “Space Jam,” which starred Michael Jordan.
Bryant starts a new movement!
During his acceptance speech, Bryant took a swipe at conservative commentator Laura Ingraham, who recently lectured James and Kevin Durant after they were critical of President Trump.
“As basketball players, we’re supposed to shut up and dribble,” Bryant said. “I’m glad we do a little bit more than that.”
James also joined the Bryant’s Twitter moment, posting: #WeAreMoreThanShutUpDribble.