NBA world reacts to Kobe Bryant's Academy Award

Kobe explains process of creating 'Dear Basketball' (3:31)

Kobe Bryant says he will sleep with his Oscar if he wins on Sunday and that he's looking forward to the whole Academy Awards experience. (3:31)

Former NBA player and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant won the Academy Award for Animated Short on Sunday night along with veteran animator Glen Keane for the project "Dear Basketball."

The outpouring of congratulations was immediate and widespread throughout the NBA community for Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and one-time NBA MVP: