Awesome interview with Kobe.

kobeUSA Weekly: To walk in Kobe Bryant’s shoes for a day, fans could always lace up a pair of Nike Zoom Kobe IVs. But they’d be better off turning to ESPN on May 16. That night, the 24-hour sports network will air a Spike Lee documentary on No. 24.

“Kobe Doin’ Work” chronicles a single game day of the basketball player generally acknowledged to be the greatest of his generation. In 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant has been dominant, known for his extraordinary basketball IQ and killer instinct. He can take over a game with his lockdown defense or lift his team with the sort of acrobatic shots that leave commentators grasping for superlatives.

Last April, the Lakers granted Lee and his film crew complete access to a pivotal home game against the San Antonio Spurs at the end of the season. In all, 30 cameras were rolling, 18 trained on Bryant, who was wired for sound. You see how he prepares for games, hear him rib opponents and follow him into the locker room to break down game tape.

“Doin’ Work” isn’t a film in which Bryant hits a dramatic buzzer-beater or rewrites the record books. This ain’t no scripted Hollywood movie.

By his standards, Bryant has an average game (20 points in 32 minutes). But so what? “I think the film shows there’s so much more he’s doing than scoring,” Lee says. “He’s involved in every facet of the game. He’s like a coach out there.”

We talked hoops and film with “coach Bryant.”

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