Essential Viewing: Kobe Doin’ WorkPosted: December 12, 2011
This Spike Lee documentary focuses all attention on Kobe Bryant during one regular season game against the San Antonio Spurs in the 2007-08 season, where Kobe was crowned Most Valuable Player. In this single game, we are able to see a wide variety of the characteristics that make him truly special.
The documentary does a good job of showing Kobe’s intense passion, his humility, his knowledge of the game and how he passes it down to his younger team mates. It shows his close relationship with Phil Jackson, his admirable leadership and his personable sense of humor.
I think that this piece of work has a lot of little snippets that are full of great knowledge for the average basketball player to incorporate into his or her game that may otherwise take years acquire.
Two parts I found especially fascinating are when he talks about execution and when he talks about the triangle offense. The topic of execution came up when Spike asks about conceiving play calls. Kobe simply replied with “There is so much film and scouting done that everyone knows what you’re going to run anyway- it’s more about execution.” I especially agree with this point as I have always viewed that when playing basketball, you shouldn’t worry about what the other team is doing as long as you are executing effectively on your end.
The second is when Kobe talks about the triangle offense. He describes it not as a play but a sequence of plays based upon reads. From a coaching perspective, I think it’s extremely powerful because you are asking your players to make real-time decisions which best exploit what the defense is giving you at the time. Compare this with a set play which asks certain players to make certain cuts, set certain screens and then take certain shots- but what if this shot isn’t the best shot available to us? The triangle offense is flexible enough to ensure that we as a team take the highest percentage shots.
Tell me what things you took out from this documentary in the comments section below!