Magic Johnson: Kobe Bryant Doc on Final Lakers Season Will 'Definitely' Happen

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorApril 30, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25:  Former Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant, left and Earvin Magic Johnson, president of basketball operations of the Lakers talk during the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets on October 25, 2018 at STAPLES Center 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 Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson revealed to Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier that a documentary covering Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant's final NBA season will be released.

"That's definitely going to happen," Johnson said. "I think he was smart enough to have a camera follow him, document every movement. So we're gonna see a lot of behind-the-scenes things on Kobe and he'll probably let us into his world with his family." 

The 18-time All-Star and five-time NBA champion capped off a stellar 20-season career in 2015-16. He scored 60 points in his final game, a 101-96 home win over the Utah Jazz.

Bryant was previously under the documentary spotlight as the subject of director Spike Lee's Kobe Doin' Work, which follows the ex-Laker star before, during and after a 106-85 win over the San Antonio Spurs in April 2008. Bryant led the Lakers to the NBA Finals later that spring.

He was also interviewed for The Last Dance, the ESPN 10-part documentary series about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dynasty, with a primary focus on the team's final championship season in 1997-98.

As Johnson noted in the interview with Frazier, Bryant's appearance in the Bulls doc gives fans a chance to "see Kobe one more time."

Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with daughter Gianna and seven others on Sunday, January 26. Johnson gave an update on Bryant's wife Vanessa and daughters Natalia, Bianka and Capri, telling Frazier that they are "doing fine."

Asked about a recent TikTok featuring Bianka and Natalia dancing, Johnson added: "I think Kobe would have wanted that, right, with them to go on, live a great life and just enjoy yourself, and Vanessa's the reason for that, and I think she's got a great village around or people around her to give her that support."

Bryant finished his 20-year career as a 15-time All-NBA player, two-time scoring champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP and the 2007-08 NBA MVP.