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Kobe Doin’ Work (DVD Review)

17 Nov, 2009 By: John Latchem

Kobe Doin Work

Street 11/24/09
Sports Documentary
$29.99 DVD
Not rated.
Stars Kobe Bryant.

Kobe Doin’ Work, directed by Spike Lee, follows a day in the life of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, in the midst of his MVP season, during an April 13, 2008 game against the rival San Antonio Spurs.

The movie is essentially a long highlight reel of the game, as shot from 15 or so cameras focused on Bryant, plus audio of Kobe interacting with his teammates and footage from the locker room.

Bryant himself takes viewers inside his head as he provides a voiceover for the action. This includes his thoughts on teammates and opponents, though he’s obviously being political in laying down praise for nearly anyone he talks about. Equal parts amusing and insightful, Kobe’s amazing basketball IQ is on full display both on and off the court.

The most interesting aspect to the movie is how it shows off how serious those involved in professional basketball are taking what many others would consider just a game played in schoolyards and driveways. Professional sports are serious arenas of business, and the NBA is no different.

Kobe’s intensity is evident throughout both the footage and the voiceover, as he barely contains his competitive spirit. The day he filmed his commentary, he dropped 61 at Madison Square Garden against Lee’s beloved New York Knicks, and he has some fun bragging about it at Lee’s expense.

The DVD includes both censored and uncensored versions of the movie, and also can be viewed without Kobe’s voiceover. There also are a few amusing behind-the-scenes tidbits, such as Lee musing on how the movie influenced Kobe’s 61-point night.

The unprecedented access offers a rare chance to explore the mindset of one of the all-time greatest players, making the movie a must-see for basketball fans.

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