Kobe Bryant’s Oscar-winning ‘Dear Basketball’ is now available to stream for free (updated)

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Days after the death of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter accident, the NBA star’s 2017 animated short film Dear Basketball is no longer available to stream for free.

How to stream Kobe Bryant’s Oscar-winning Dear Basketball for free

As of Tuesday, the film has been taken offline. It’s unclear if it will resurface on a streaming service.

The film was briefly made free to stream online on Monday by Granity Studios, Bryant’s production company. It could be watched at dearbasketball.com, as well as Vimeo.

It features hand-drawn animation and a musical score by John Williams. The film is based on Bryant’s 2015 letter in the Player’s Tribune detailing how his love for the sport began at an early age.


Online, the film and excerpts of the original letter have been shared by fans in mourning. For students, the film has been used to inspire an exercise in writing.

“Many students had a difficult time yesterday with the passing of Kobe Bryant,” One user wrote. “We talked about it and read/watched his poem ‘Dear Basketball.’ Students then wrote about something that means as much to them as basketball meant to Kobe.”

A high school coach wrote that after students watched Dear Basketball in class and were asked about what they wanted their legacies to be, he decided he wanted his legacy to be the kids he’s coaching.

“I work at a school in the neighborhood I grew up in. And I coach (football) at the high school I played at,” he tweeted.

When the film was made available to stream for free, fans took advantage—and maybe needed some tissues.

“Just watched Dear Basketball at 6 am and cried for 25 minutes,” one user wrote.


Update 3:15pm CT, Jan. 28: The video is no longer available online.


Brooke Sjoberg

Brooke Sjoberg

Brooke Sjoberg is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Daily Texan's Life and Arts Editor and an editorial intern for Texas Connect magazine.