Celtics, NBA community react to Kobe Bryant’s Oscar win

Paul Pierce and Bill Russell, among others, praised Bryant.

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant took home an Oscar on Sunday for his short film 'Dear Basketball.' –Robyn Beck / Getty Images

The Celtics have a slight edge over the Lakers when it comes to championships, but the Lakers are now officially in the lead when it comes to Academy Awards.

Longtime Celtics nemesis Kobe Bryant captured an Oscar on Sunday, as his piece “Dear Basketball” was named best animated short film. Bryant became the first NBA player to ever claim an Oscar, which many have dubbed his unofficial sixth championship.

Several players around the league — including some Celtics, past and present — offered a heap of praise for the future Hall of Famer.

Paul Pierce, who battled Bryant for years, praised his versatility.


Bill Russell has only tweeted 145 times, but he was sure to say how proud he was.

Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum, who grew up idolizing Bryant, kept it short and sweet.

Jaylen Brown, who has often voiced his opinion on social issues, credited Bryant for more than just the award. Brown, in particular, resonated with Bryant’s message for basketball players to continue to do more than “shut up and dribble.” 

C.J. McCollum, Dwyane Wade and Kevin Love, among others, also offered their congratulations.

Shaq complimented his former teammate, as well.

Will Kyrie Irving be the next NBA star to win an Oscar? We’ll have to wait and find out.