Kobe Bryant on Winning His Oscar: This Was Not Supposed to Happen!


On Thursday night, NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant took a victory lap on Jimmy Kimmel Live after winning an Oscar for his animated short Dear Basketball.

Bryant began by saying he’s “still trippin'” about it since he hasn’t won a championship in a “really, really long time.”

Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted this year’s Academy Awards, told Bryant that he had more Oscars than “Shaq and Michael Jordan combined.” Although Bryant did concede that Space Jam and Kazaam “were both awesome.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen you this happy, I have to say,” Kimmel told Bryant.

“This is not supposed to happen!” Bryant exclaimed. “I was supposed to play basketball… and not write something that wins an Oscar.”

When asked if he was going to win a Grammy next, Bryant said he “knows his limitations.”

Kimmel then wondered what was worse, being the guy who “takes the last shot” during a game or sitting and waiting before winning his award. Bryant explained that since he didn’t have “control” of the outcome that he felt worse at the Oscars.

“I didn’t know this, but when you go on the stage and they literally have the biggest countdown clock in the world,” Bryant continued. “Glen [Keane] gave me the ball- passed me the ball with five seconds left and I was like, ‘What the hell am I supposed to do with five seconds?!'”

Bryant said it’s a “fascinating industry to be a part of” but bears responsibility to promote diverse voices, particularly in animation since he noted that he was the first black Oscar winner in that category and that there’s a “lack of diversity” in animation.

Watch the clip above, via ABC.

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