Kobe Bryant's 'Dear Basketball' Short Film Hinted At His Promise Beyond Basketball

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Kobe Bryant was included in the "In Memoriam" at the Oscars. The group, which also included Chester's mom and both of Altobelli's buddy, as well as basketball coach Christina Mauser, was traveling to a basketball game when the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter piloted by Ara Zobayan crashed into a hillside. He was with his second-eldest daughter Gianna and seven other people during the horrific accident. After retiring from basketball, Bryant won the 2018 Academy Award for best animated short film for Dear Basketball, a project based on a poem Bryant wrote. They shared their photo together on Instagram before they headed out for the big show.

On Instagram, Lee posted, "Da Lee's Are In Da House", along with three purple hearts.

During a chat with Ryan Seacrest on the E! Red Carpet pre-show, Lee said that he has personally picked his outfit for the red carpet this year. "We all miss him".

Bryant was not only a basketball legend, but he is a filmmaker himself. He took home the golden statue for the short film "Dear Basketball'".

"This evening, as we celebrate the artistic highlights of the past year, we also pause to remember those from our community who we lost".

That includes legendary director Spike Lee, who showed up to the award show sporting an awesome custom-made Bryant suit.

Good stuff here, Mr. Lee. News. "I just gotta continue to do my work. But I'm glad we do a little bit more than that", he said.

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