With the Los Angeles Lakers celebrating Kobe Bryant’s retirement by lifting his No. 8 and 24 jerseys into the rafters at Staples Center, this celebratory film has dropped.
Kobe dropped this video diary, dubbed “Dear Basketball”, which was scored by Oscar Award-winning composer John Williams with direction from Disney’s Glen Keane.
In it, the NBA legend talks about his love for the sport and where that passion initial came from, which is visualized through animated pencil-drawn art.
“From the moment I started rolling my dad’s tube socks and shooting imagery game-winning shots in the Great Western Forum, I knew one thing was real. I fell in love with you — a love so deep, I gave you my all,” Kobe says.
While detailing his first memories of basketball to his dedication, Kobe also discusses how he knew it was the right time to call it quits.
“I can’t love you obsessively for much longer. This season is all I have left to give,” he says of his final season. “My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind. But, my body knows its time to say goodbye. That’s okay… I’m ready to let you go.”
Watch the stunning “Kobe Bryant’s Dear Basketball” short film here.