Dear Basketball: A Review

Kobe Bryant, a renowned basketball player, often regarded as the greatest to ever play, added another achievement to his book this past year. To announce his retirement, Kobe wrote a poem entitled “Dear Basketball” then collaborated with former Disney artist Glen Keane to create a film around it. The film became such a unique, adored, and popular piece of cinematography that Kobe won an Oscar. He is the first ever NBA player to win an Academy Award, adding to his accomplishments and showing the world that he still has more to offer us.

This film is a charismatic piece of work that shows his love for the game.

“From the moment I started rolling my dad’s tube socks and shooting imaginary game-winning shots I knew one thing: I fell in love with you.”

It was more than just a game to him; it was something that he dreamed of, chased, and achieved.

“This season is all I have left to give. My heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind, but my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.”

Through the film, he portrays this shift where he realized that he was pushing his limits. On April 12, 2013, against the Golden State Warriors, he tore his Achilles. It was a gruesome blow to himself, the Lakers organization, family, friends, and the sport of basketball.

Towards the end of the film, Kobe talks about how he’s ready to let go of the sport and savor the few moments they have left together.

How he is still the kid same kid he was when he states, “With the rolled up socks. Garbage can in the corner: 05 seconds on the clock. Ball in my hands. 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1”. Overall ending the poem the way he started it, concluding it with complete closure, no regrets, and absolute love and gratitude to the game and the fans who supported him.

Tommy Nelson, an ordinary fan, expressed how we all felt after seeing this film: “This is a beautifully animated, wonderfully scored short. Even for those not interested in the sport, you may find yourself invested in Kobe’s emotion.”

It’s safe to say that we all are touched and awed in some shape or form for Kobe’s dedication and passion to the game.