Kobe Bryant‘s “Dear Basketball” has officially earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short Film, according to ABS-CBN Sports.

Created and narrated by Bryant himself, the film depicts the future Hall of Famer’s journey from a dreaming child to a five-time NBA Champion as he waxes over his love for the game of basketball. The film was played during the opening of Bryant’s jersey retirement ceremony at Staples Center back on December 18. Bryant had both his No. 8 and No. 24 retired by the heralded Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant, now 39 years old, was part of a wave of high school players to skip college and jump straight to the NBA. He was originally selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th overall pick of the 1996 NBA Draft, but due to his desire to play for the Lakers, Bryant, just 17 years old at the time, demanded a trade and saw his wish granted. The Philadelphia native had a modest rookie campaign, averaging just 7.6 points per game while shooting 41.7 percent from the floor in what was also Shaquille O’Neal’s first season in Los Angeles.