The story of Lusia Harris solely will get higher: It is now received an Oscar.
And similar to his longtime Los Angeles Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant did 4 years in the past in one other class, Shaquille O’Neal can say he is an Oscar winner, as nicely.
“The Queen of Basketball” — with a pair of basketball legends in O’Neal and Stephen Curry among the many government producers and high promoters of the 22-minute movie — received the Academy Award for brief topic documentary on Sunday.
It comes about two months after the dying of Harris, who scored the primary basket in Olympic ladies’s basketball historical past and was the primary girl formally drafted by an NBA staff. Ben Proudfoot directed the brief, which educated even some ardent basketball followers on the story of the trailblazer.
“If there is anyone out there who doubts that there is an audience for female athletes and questions whether their stories are valuable or entertaining or important … let this Academy Award be the answer,” Proudfoot mentioned on the award ceremony in Los Angeles.
Harris is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Corridor of Fame, as is O’Neal. However even the four-time NBA champion — broadly thought of one of many greats of the sport — wasn’t acquainted with her story.
“I didn’t know who she was at first,” O’Neal mentioned earlier this month.
However the movie and the involvement of O’Neal and Curry — the Golden State Warriors star wore sneakers earlier this month emblazoned with the phrase “Queen Lucy” on them — helped her story be advised increasingly.
Harris helped Delta State College win three straight nationwide championships within the Nineteen Seventies and earned a silver medal for america on the Montreal Olympics in 1976. Harris was chosen by the New Orleans Jazz within the seventh spherical of the 1977 NBA draft, however she was pregnant on the time and by no means really went via with attempting to make the staff.
Proudfoot additionally used the successful Oscar second to name for the discharge of two-time Olympic gold medalist and high ladies’s participant Brittney Griner, who has been jailed in Russia. Griner was detained after arriving at a Moscow airport, reportedly in mid-February, when Russian authorities mentioned a search of her baggage revealed vape cartridges allegedly containing oil derived from hashish.
Griner might withstand 10 years in jail underneath Russian legislation.
“Bring Brittney Griner home,” Proudfoot mentioned.