National Basketball Association star Kobe Bryant wins an Oscar - but not everyone is happy

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The legendary former basketball player nabbed Best Animated Short for Dear Basketball, which the NBA superstar wrote and produced.

Dear Basketball, written by Bryant and directed by Glen Keane, is based on a letter Bryant had published on The Players' Tribune website, announcing his plans to retire from basketball.

An hour later, Bryant elaborated backstage and said, "I think for us, not just as athletes, but as people in general, we have the ability to what it is that we believe in". "Whatever form your dream may take, it's through passion and perseverance that the impossible is possible".

"I don't know if it's possible".

He said: "As basketball players, we're really supposed to shut up and dribble".

The "shut up and dribble" remark was a reference to a comment Laura Ingraham made in response to National Basketball Association star LeBron James, who claimed President Trump "is someone who doesn't understand the people. So keep the political commentary to yourself, or as someone once said, shut up and dribble".

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"I feel better than winning the championship, to be honest with you".

National Basketball Association icons LeBron James, 'Magic' Johnson and Shaquille O'Neal tweeted their congratulations to Bryant following his Oscar win. "I swear I do". And I got a lot of, 'That's cute, that's cute. You'll be depressed when your career's over. "This is insane, man, it's insane", an elated Bryant told the gathered media in the backstage area at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

It reflects on how time is running out. You have to be a learner all over again. "Without you we wouldn't be here and to my wife Vanessa and to our daughters Natalia, Gianna and Bianka ... you are my inspiration".

The Oscar will be added to Kobe Bryant's already jammed cabinet which includes five NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals, two NBA Finals MVP trophies, one NBA MVP award and four NBA All-Star game MVP awards.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.