Kobe Bryant’s Granity Studio production company has released his Oscar-winning short “Dear Basketball” for free online in the wake of the famed NBA player’s passing.
The short film is available on the dearbasketball.com website and on Vimeo. It is based on a poem Bryant wrote in November 2015 in The Players’ Tribune to announce his retirement from the sport.
The 322-second short “tells the inspiring story of one little boy living out his basketball dream”. Glen Keane directed while Oscar-winning composer John Williams provided the musical score, but until now the short has been difficult to track down for viewing.
Bryant died this past Sunday in a helicopter crash that killed eight other people, including Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna.