Kobe Bryant followed in Michael Jordan’s footsteps more closely than anyone else.
ESPN is televising a documentary on Jordan’s final season with the Bulls.
Could we get a documentary on Bryant’s final season with the Lakers?
Bryant hired a film crew to track him in 2015-16.
Likewise, a show about Bryant’s last season would hold a similar selling point.
Bryant’s camera crew, several Lakers staffers from that season said, had unparalleled access in locker rooms both at home and on the road, in the training room, throughout the team’s practice facility and even on the team’s charter plane.
“They had unprecedented and, by far, greater access than anyone else ever,” said John Black, who led the Lakers’ public relations department for 27 years, last serving as vice president. “We certainly allowed them to do everything we could within what the league would allow, and sometimes, with a wink and look-the-other-way, allowed them even more.”
Would a documentary on Bryant’s last season be interesting? Probably. Bryant was a great player with a large and loyal following, and backstage access of any NBA team can be fascinating.
The Bulls – with Jordan and fellow Hall of Famers Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Phil Jackson – were still chasing a championship in 1997-98. There was far more drama in that season. There is no comparison on the stakes.