DVD Review: Kobe Doin' Work
There was a great deal of buzz when word first broke that acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee would be making a documentary about Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant. On paper, a prominent director known for his love of the game of basketball giving audiences a rare look inside the life of one of the greatest players on the planet sounded like a slam dunk. Unfortunately, ESPN Films' Kobe Doin' Work was not that at all.
It is, however, very much worth watching and exactly what the title suggests -- a chance to observe Kobe Bryant at work on a typical day at the office. The day Spike chose to film is April 13, 2008. On the schedule for that day, a pivotal late regular season game with the rival Spurs.
Kobe Doin' Work, which first aired on ESPN on May 16th commercial-free, offers a unique perspective of Bryant, head coach Phil Jackson and the Lakers on the court and in the locker room thanks to Spike's team of 30 cameras following number 24. While we're given an opportunity to experience a matchup of two of the NBA's elite teams from angles you won't get during a typical game broadcast, our access to the 2008 MVP, unfortunately, begins and ends at the Staples Center garage.