For Kobe Bryant, winning an NBA championship put him on top of the basketball world.
But on Sunday night, he topped the feeling of winning those five championships with the Lakers. Bryant won an Academy Award for his work on an animated short called "Dear Basketball." It is based on a poem he wrote in 2015 announcing his planned retirement from the NBA.
Bryant was an executive producer on the film and shared the Oscar with animator Glen Keane.
“I feel better than winning the championship, to be honest with you. I swear I do,” Bryant told reporters.
The animated short begins with audio from Bryant's playing days, and then he says:
From the moment I started rolling my dad's tube socks and shooting imaginary game-winning shots in the Great Western Forum, I knew one thing was real: I fell in love with you."
You can watch the short by clicking this link.