Five-time NBA champion. Two-time NBA Finals MVP.
An NBA MVP. Eighteen All-Star Games. And … an Oscar?
Kobe Bryant's Dear Basketball on Sunday night won an Academy Award for the best animated short, a five-plus-minute film about his 2016 retirement from the NBA.
During his acceptance speech, Kobe addressed Fox News host Laura Ingraham's comments about LeBron and basketball players sticking to dribbling.
Dear Basketball was written and narrated by Kobe and directed by Glen Keane, a Philly native best known for his work on Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Litte Mermaid and other Disney movies.
If you haven't seen it, you can do so by clicking here.
Kobe, the pride of Lower Merion, is a noted Eagles fan and perhaps his pep talk in December sparked the Birds.
One month ago today, the Eagles won the Super Bowl.
Kevin Hart is one of the most well-known Philadelphia sports fans in the world.
He made a scene at the Super Bowl while showing support for the Eagles.
So it's no surprise when TMZ asked him about LeBron James and his 76ers, Hart lit up a bit, even going so far as to say he has already attempted to recruit him to Philly.
"I sent him $40. He didn't accept it," Hart said. "I really did try. I sent him 40 dollars and I said come to Philly."
"He said, 'kiss my ass!'"
"I don't think he's going anywhere," Hart added.
Probably not if $40 is the best we as a city have to offer.
The Philadelphia 76ers as a team, and Joel Embiid specifically, reminded the world last night that FS1's Colin Cowherd is quite often full of it when they won their 40th game of the season.
We wrote about this last night when Jojo poked fun at Cowherd for his preseason assertion that Sixers wouldn't sniff 40 wins. But today Cowherd held up his end of the preseason bet by rocking a No. 21 Sixers jersey during his The Herd show.
Cowherd's co-host Kristine Leahy posted video of the frequently wrong analyst admitting he'd lost and saying he'd own up to it, eventually.
"I'd love to have [Embiid] on this show anytime he wants," Cowherd said today. "I made a bet. I lost. I'm not going to welch."
But then he spoke about not being able to find a jersey that fit while Leahy was wearing one that would clearly fit him. They eventually found one and he put it on.
"They deserve love," Cowherd said.
Winning sure feels good. All kinds of winning.