The five-time NBA champion, one-time league Most Valuable Player, and two-time Olympic gold medalist, among other individual honors, narrated the short that was based on his retirement poem, which dates back to 2015. Dear Basketball tells the story of Bryant's hoops dream, starting out in Italy and spending his entire pro career (20 years) with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Watch their acceptance speech:
Fellow basketball icons, from peers to rivals, lead the way in congratulating the Black Mamba for the landmark victory. (Careful with tampering, Magic!)
Some netizens pointed out some of the biggest Hollywood names that the NBA superstar bested with his lone entertainment trophy.
Others gave their collective thumbs up to Bryant for taking the chance to oh-so-subtly shut down a certain reporter's "shut up and dribble" rhetoric.
So much better than EGOT-ing
Time to expand that trophy case
Who's the [Hollywood] GOAT now?