Kobe Bryant’s Oscar-Contending Short ‘Dear Basketball’ Launches On Verizon Platforms As His Iconic Laker Jersey #’s Are Retired

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Kobe Bryant Oscar winner? The basketball great is one step further along to that improbable feat since his first attempt at filmmaking since his retirement from the game and the Lakers has been shortlisted as a finalist for Best Animated Short this year. Ten films were named and Dear Basketball from Bryant’s poem, about his love for the game and having to let it go, is one of ten shorts to make the cut for a shot at being one of the five nominees when the Academy…