​The Black Mamba is now an Oscar winner.


A decorated NBA career wasn't enough for Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. He wants to be a successful business man in his second career, but first, he somehow managed to capture an Academy Award.


Bryant's animated short film "Dear Basketball" won an Oscar on Sunday night.

Bryant was the film's executive producer along with animator Glen Keane, who has worked on some high-profile Disney projecting, including Aladdin, Beauty and Beast, and The Little Mermaid. 


Leave it to Kobe to surround himself with such a teammate and surround himself with more hardware.

"Dear Basketball" was written by Bryant, who had based it off of his playing career and when he decided to hang up the sneaks.


“It’s an arc of understanding that things come to an end. When things come to an end, we can either embrace that change and welcome the change, or we can be resistant to that change. I found myself being at peace with this transition, and with the finality, with my career coming to an end.”


​​Bryant ended his NBA career with a massive farewell tour and parlayed that into an Oscar. Pretty incredible.