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Kobe’s Doin’ Work


Spike Lee’s new “Joint”, Kobe Doin’ Work, premiered on Espn on Saturday.  By using multiple camera angles and mixing on-court audio with game commentator audio and commentation from Kobe Bryant, a new, interesting dynamic was shown on Kobe’s game.

I’ve always viewed Kobe as a ball hog and not much of a team player but after watching this show it is apparent that he tries to focus just as much on his teammates game as he does his own.  This is good from the aspect that most people do not know that about him but throughout the show also became kind of a negative to me.

As the show went on and on it seemed that Kobe did not respect the basketball I.Q. of his teammates.  He would talk to them and give them instructions as if they were a group of middle school basketball players instead of a group of top tier, NBA basketball players.

I can understand him calling out “i got ball” or “cutter, cutter” to warn his teammates about certain actions taking place on the court, but some of the things he would call out seemed completely pointless and a bit annoying.

By the end of the show, I would not have been surprised at all if he called out the he was about to dribble before doing so.

With all this being said, I acknowledge that Kobe is one of the best, if not the best, basketball players on the planet at this present moment; so he must be doing something right.  Outside of how he communicates with his teammates, this program showed me a lot of good things I did not know about Kobe, and how the professional basketball game is played.  I also gained a lot of respect for Kobe’s ability and knowledge of the game of basketball.

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  1. Oluseyi
    May 17, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    I think you view Kobe’s communication as a negative for two reasons:
    1.) you have no points of reference to compare against – you don’t really know how any other team leader communicates, for instance; and
    2.) you don’t like Kobe – I mean, you admit to having viewed him as a “ball hog.”

    Kobe Bean Bryant, winner of three NBA championships alongside Shaquille O’Neal, is speaking to Jordan Farmar, Sasha Vujacic, Luke Walton, Vladmir Radmanovic… They might be smart, capable, intelligent players, but are you seriously suggesting that 13-year veteran, perennial All-Star, perennial 1st Team All-NBA and 1st Team All-Defense selection Kobe Bryant, the undisputed leader of their team, can not instruct them?

    What, you never heard of Michael Jordan and Craig Hodges or B.J. Armstrong? Making Randy Brown ask him before each game if he could wear Air Jordans – the team shoe? Do you have any idea how vicious and violent Kevin Garnett’s on-court language is, even to teammates?

    It was a great documentary.

  2. PardonYourInterruption
    May 17, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    first of all, i was in no way bashin Kobe Bryant as a player, i even acknowledged that he was one of the best, if not the best player in the world in the article, but there were times when he would tell his teammates stuff that i would be able to tell them, so i think they should know. for instance there was one part in which he told i believe it was lamar odom that if you think he is gonna pump fake then dont jump…hello?! my 12 year old sister knows that one.

    second, i agree with you that the documentary was great. Spike Lee + 36 or so cameras and you know that something spectacular is going to be produced.

  3. Mark
    May 18, 2009 at 1:03 am

    If you thought this ‘documentary’ was anything but a PR play by Kobe, you are mistaken. This is Kobe at his best. He knows the cameras are all around him. Why would he be himself (whoever that may be) when he can pretend hes a great team mate and even better leader and show everyone how much he’s changed from his ‘alleged’ dealings a few years ago. This shows NOTHING. People don’t truly change, especially athletes who think they own the world and think they should be allowed to do anything because ‘damnit, I’m f-ing {insert name: T.O., Chad Johnson, Kobe Bryant, A-Rod, Manny, etc}.’
    Let me see a biographic documentary featuring former/current teammates, coaches, friends and mentors… and with Kobe nowhere near it. That’s how you get the story. Not from Spike ‘I love Kobe’ Lee.
    End Story.

  4. jc
    May 18, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    wow mark. you outsmarted kobe. congrats on that by making a useless comment.

    for anyone to think of the doc as a pr play? calm down and stfu. people dont waste a year editting filming and putting together this film. give credit where its due and stop acting like its 2003.

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