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ABTV Loves The Last Dance and Kobe Bryant
While the sports world has been touched, moved and inspired by ESPN’s ‘The Last Dance’ documentary series about Michael Jordan and his time with the Chicago Bulls, there wasn’t an episode yet that shook viewers quite like episode five.
The episode began with a powerful tribute to Kobe Bryant.
Naturally, many have debated over the years whether Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant was the greatest of all time, and now many place Lebron James in that conversation as well.
However, Kobe Bryant actually credited Michael Jordan with a large share in his success. On Sunday night, he said, “What you get from me, is him… I don’t get five championships here without him.”
Many viewers were understandably emotional watching Kobe Bryant because it was the first time we’ve had new content on the NBA star since his death earlier this year. The docu-series filmed with Bryant a few months before the tragedy.
So, due to the incredible success “The Last Dance” is having, the basketball – and sports world – is already craving more. And while yes, craving more Michael Jordan – since many say 10 episodes simply isn’t enough – but also the same deep dive desire for other illustrious athletes’ stories.
According to Entertainment Tonight during an interview with former Lakers’ star Magic Johnson, a Kobe-Bryant-centered documentary around his final season with the Los Angeles Lakers is coming soon.
“That’s definitely going to happen,“ Johnson said. “I think he was smart enough to have a camera follow him, document every movement.. So we are going to see a lot of behind-the-scenes things on Kobe and probably let us into his world with his family.”
In fact, it’s been reported Bryant had a personal camera crew follow him and the team during the 2015-16 campaign and prior to his tragic death, there were lengthy plans in place to bring viewers inside his last run with the Los Angeles Lakers.
ESPN had as many as six personal camera crews present during his 60-point career finale on April 13, 2016.
“They had unprecedented and, by far, greater access than anyone else ever,” said John Black, who led the Lakers’ public relations department for 27 years, last serving as vice president. “We certainly allowed them to do everything we could within what the league would allow, and sometimes, with a wink and look-the-other-way, allowed them even more [access].”
However, if a docu-series does occur, it will be with a much different tune for two reasons.
Reason 1: It will serve as a tribute to Kobe Bryant with others telling his story, in comparison to Jordan having the leading role in his series.
Reason 2: Unlike “The Last Dance”’s Chicago Bulls which focuses around the 1998 Championship season, Bryant’s last and 20th season with the Lakers was the worst season in franchise history – a 17-65 final season record.
One thing that could excite fans on the potential of this series is regarding the unprecedented access to Black Mamba. The crew attended every game – though limited on the amount of footage it could record, (practice and shootaround). They followed Bryant off the court and at home.
Current Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. – who played on the 15’-16’ Lakers team admitted that while annoying at times having the camera crew around, at the end of the day, history was being recorded.
“Kobe would say something in the locker room and I would kind of think about it like, ‘Oh that’s gonna look pretty sick when they film it,” Nance said, “Or, you know, that 60-point game or playing in Philadelphia that last time.”
He acknowledged how monumental that season with Kobe was and “glad somebody’s going to have a way to remember this.”
So, basketball fans, it sounds pretty definitive that we will get a docu-series on Kobe ‘Bean’ Bryant, it’s just a matter of when.
Additionally, these types of deep dives won’t stop there.
Magic Johnson couldn’t help but disclose that he will be next! The Lakers’ legend said, “I’m coming after Kobe!”.
At this point, Celtics fans might as well wonder when they’re getting a Larry Bird doc, too.
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Haley Graves is a host at AfterBuzz TV. She co-hosts on the panels for NBC’s This Is Us, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and CW’s Legacies.
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