Kobe Doin' Work
Filmmaker and noted basketball fan Spike Lee presents a close-up look at a day in the life of one of the game's biggest stars in this documentary. Kobe Bryant is one of the top players on one of the NBA's top teams, the Los Angeles Lakers, and he receives the kind of adulation (and paychecks) that most folks will never experience. But for Bryant, playing basketball is a job like any other, and in Kobe Doin' Work he allows Lee and his camera crew to follow him through an ordinary business day. In this case, Bryant and the Lakers are playing a crucial late-season game against the San Antonio Spurs at L.A.'s Staples Center, and Bryant (who wears a microphone at all times) grants us a rare insider's glimpse as he arrives as the arena, warms up with the team, meets with coaches, goes through his pre-game rituals and hits the court for a hard-fought game. Bryant also offers his thoughts on teamwork, how he continues to learn from the game, and his life outside of sports. Kobe Doin' Work was produced for the ESPN cable television network, and it received its world premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.