The animated short was released in 2017 after a collaboration with a renowned animator called Glen Keane

The short film ‘Dear Basketball’ is based on a poem thatKobe himself wrote back in 2015. In the film, the late LA Lakers legenddescribes his love for the game – starting from his dreams as a kid to a careerthat spanned over 20 years.

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Fans from all over the world are sharinglate NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s short film ‘Dear Basketball’

Bryant entered the NBA directly from LowerMerion High School in the Philadelphia suburbs, where he was regarded as thebest teenage player in the country. He spent his entire career with the LosAngeles Lakers, becoming known for his incredible, last-minute plays and forhis yearslong public feud with teammate Shaquille O’Neill, even as they went onto win three consecutive championships together.

Bryant was the NBA’s third-highest scoreruntil Saturday night, when he was surpassed by LeBron James. It was a poignantmoment for both players and their fans — James is seen as the leading player ofthis generation, taking the torch from Bryant, who took the torch from MichaelJordan.

Heretired from basketball in 2016 at age 37 with more than 33,000 points, fiveNBA championships, and two NBA Finals MVP titles. The NBA Players Associationcalled his death “a monumental loss for the entire basketball community.”