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Dear Basketball...Thank You For Kobe

In 2018 I went to my local theater to watch an Oscar Nominee Short Film Showcase. Whether it's a YouTube video of a short film created by a kid on his phone or an Oscar Nominated top notch production, I truly enjoy watching short films.
After seeing the live action shorts there was a short intermission and the audience returned to finish the showcase with the animated short film nominees.
An animated short titled "Dear Basketball" appeared.
I hear the narrators voice. It's Kobe Bryant.
And immediately I'm all in.
Right away I love it because it's hand drawn animation. Something I still miss (not a knock against computer animation) having grown up with classic Disney and Looney Tunes.
And if THAT wasn't enough to earn my love, it was scored by the master himself, John Williams.
And as the short film concluded, it stirred in me my love of basketball, which had taken a back seat in recent years.
I was OBSESSED with basketball in my junior high/high school years. It was the Era Of Jordan. He was like a superhero to me. I always look fondly at that era in The '90's. It was just an exciting time to follow the game.
And the reason I gravitated later on to Kobe was that he was SO like Mike (as the slogan went). I was able to follow another superhero of the game. And he later on accomplished his own legacy. His own championships.

He passed away at 41 in a tragic accident. At 41 he lived more than a lot of people who live to be a ripe old age. But that didn't mean he was done.
He was the first athlete to win an Oscar for that short film. He opened new doors for himself. That's the type of person he was. He knew he had God given talent, but he worked hard to overachieve.
There was so much more that he could have accomplished.
And the great tragedy of it all was that his 13 year old daughter Gianna was in that accident. She will never be able to achieve her potential like her father. He leaves behind a wife and three other daughters. The City Of Los Angeles mourns and we mourn with them.

The best way we can honor Mr. Bryant is to fulfill OUR potential. Work towards our goals. And live life to the fullest.
Rest In Peace.




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