Kobe Bryant Does Work in New Spike Lee Documentary

Max GoodwinContributor IIIMay 17, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on from the bench before taking on the Houston Rockets in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 6, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

I am a Spike Lee fan, but I also believe a documentary can only be as interesting as the subject. Kobe: Doin’ Work is a captivating film that allows the fan to see the game from the point of view of one of the best players in NBA history.

The most fascinating aspect of Kobe: Doin' Work is how the game is shown. Every movement that Kobe made for an entire game was filmed from every imaginable angle and analyzed by a highly intelligent student of the game: himself. I have never seen a basketball game like this before, and I will never view the game in the same way.

It is incredible to see Kobe performing moves in slow motion that nobody else on earth can duplicate while his thought process is heard over the soft rhythmic tones of jazz beats. Spike Lee captures the beauty and essence of basketball in this documentary, and any fan of the game can appreciate how Spike captures the game from Kobe's point of view.

This film provides evidence that he is not just an incredibly talented athlete, but also a master of his sport intellectually. Kobe breaks down the triangle offense in such a simple fashion that it could be run by a group of first graders.

Few people have the comprehension of the game of basketball that Kobe Bryant does. He is a scholar of the game, continuously honing his craft on the hardwood floor of the Staples Center with the “Zen master” Phil Jackson as his teacher.

The film also provides a closer look at Kobe Bryant the man. His two young daughters are shown throughout holding "Daddy for MVP" signs. Kobe appears as a much more sympathetic figure than he is normally portrayed by the media.  

Spike Lee is a true fan and knows what the fans want to see. Never before has there been a more in-depth, thought-provoking film for basketball minds. I am a more knowledgeable fan because of this film, and I feel like game seven of the Lakers-Rockets series will be more enjoyable now.