Kobe’s “Sixth” Ring


Carlos Rivas, Author

One of the biggest surprises at the 90th Academy Awards on March 4 was an Oscar for Kobe Bryant. One of the greatest basketball players to ever play the game was awarded for his short animated film—Dear Basketball. Initially, it was just a poem intended for his retirement back in 2015, but it ended up winning Best Animated Short Film.

In his acceptance speech, Kobe called out Fox News host Laura Ingraham, mentioning her “shut up and dribble” remarks about LeBron James, who included some of his own political views in an interview in February.

“As basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble,” Kobe said during the ceremony as he was presented an Oscar. “But I’m glad we do a little bit more than that.”

Kobe was able to speak his mind in the film, which was about how he fell in love with the game and how it changed him forever. He was just a kid who had a dream of being the best as he sat on his parents’ bed shooting his father’s socks into the laundry basket.

Kobe has shown viewers that people can do anything if they set their minds to it. Kobe is the only player in NBA history to have won an Oscar. This would be his “sixth” ring that sets him apart from everyone else.

Many people congratulated Kobe on winning his Oscar and on his continuous triumph in retirement, including other basketball greats such as Lebron James and Magic Johnson.