Kobe Bryant’s animated film among 2018 Oscar nominees. LeBron James becomes the youngest ever to reach 30,000 career points.
Kobe Bryant essentially wrapped up his 2017 by seeing the Los Angeles Lakers retire both his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys in an epic ceremony. As 2018 begins, he could add another honor to his burgeoning post-playing career: an Academy Award.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their full list of Oscar nominees for 2018 and among them was Bryant’s animated film “Dear Basketball”. The film, which was directed by Disney animator Glen Keane and scored by John Williams, is an animated version of Bryant’s “Dear Basketball” poem he penned for The Players Tribune in 2015.
In it, Bryant voices his poem as animation conveys Kobe’s love of the game as he leaves it behind. Shortly after the Academy Award nominees were revealed, Bryant took to Twitter to acknowledge being in the running for an Oscar.
What?? This is beyond the realm of imagination. It means so much that the @TheAcademy deemed #DearBasketball worthy of contention. Thanks to the genius of @GlenKeanePrd & John Williams for taking my poem to this level. It’s an honor to be on this team. #OscarNoms pic.twitter.com/M2joyk9D1V
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 23, 2018
James became the seventh player with 30,000 career points when he hit a jumper with one second left in the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night. James needed seven points to get there. He missed his first two midrange jumpers before making two driving layups and a 20-footer. He hit the milestone jumper over Danny Green from 19 feet out.
— NBA (@NBA) January 24, 2018
King James joined other 6 superstars like Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan in the NBA’s 30,000-point club. At 33 years and 24 days, James is the youngest to reach the mark. Bryant was 34 years and 104 days when he got there. The 14-time All-Star has averaged 27.1 points since breaking into the league as an 18-year-old in 2003.
James’s achievement comes at a difficult time for the Cavaliers, with the team enduring a terrible run of form. They held an emotional pre-practice meeting on Monday in hopes of clearing the air.
“We aired any grievances we had and we’re going to move forward,” said center Kevin Love, who is believed to have been the target of some of his team-mates’ ire after he left a game with an illness. “Hopefully we’ll be better for it, we have been in the past.” The Cavaliers lost Tuesday’s game against the Spurs 114-102. James finished with 28 points.
NBA family congratulates LeBron James on 30K points
Former and current players lauded James on the historic feat in a well-done video above. Some sent out social media posts as well. Just to list a few…
Congrats @KingJames. Welcome to the club!!!
— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) January 24, 2018
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 24, 2018