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Kobe Bryant’s Muse (Full Video)

Once I made that commitment and said that I want to be one of the greatest ever, then the game became everything for me.

Kobe Bryant’s Muse premiered this weekend on Showtime — a near 90 minute documentary of Kobe’s journey from the son of an NBA player growing up in Italy to the 5-time champion we know today. Everything is covered in fascinating first-person account by Kobe himself, who speaks to us confessional style with 100% candor on the highs and lows of his professional career and personal life.

The doc resonated with me because of how intensely humanizing it was, especially for a subject like Bryant who was more guarded earlier in his career, which contributed to how polarizing he was widely viewed. Kobe’s outlook is one I think we can channel into our own lives. His relentless willpower has always been inspiring on the court, but now we see it in a new light through his own words combined with the authentic behind the scenes footage of his recovery from the 2013 achilles tear.

From a technical standpoint, this footage and how it was structured into the documentary was simply superb. I felt the gravity of the recovery and how taxing it was on Bryant, which was illustrated in a ‘less is more’ manner with very minimal speaking in the various long and dramatic scenes. The 8-month long recovery process is interspersed between chapters that chronologically expound on each phase of his life.

Probably the most emotional aspect of the doc was halfway through when Kobe reflected on his darkest moment stemming from the sexual assault charge that nearly crumbled his family and career. The buildup to it was the starkly contrasted joy that Kobe expressed about first meeting his wife Vanessa (the footage here is crazy) and the birth of his first daughter Natalia. This transitioned into the revelation of a miscarriage during the strenuous times of the charge, which carried heavy sorrow and regret by Bryant that was tough to watch. Again, it was moments like these throughout Kobe Bryant’s Muse that humanized Bryant and told his story from a brand new lens.

As I conclude, the gripping storytelling throughout was also more current than you may have expected. The documentary ends with some unfiltered, chilling, and cutting-edge footage of Kobe learning of his torn rotator cuff diagnosis that ended this current season just a few weeks ago. Even though it was nearly 90 minutes long, Kobe Bryant’s Muse left me wanting more.

Of the many quotables I could include here, I felt compelled to transcribe this one below: Kobe embodying the possibility of living your dreams because you’re already living it in your mind.

“When you make a choice and say, come hell or high water, I’m going to be this. Then you should not be surprised when you are that. It should not be something that’s… that feels intoxicating or out of character because you had seen this moment for so long, you had played it in your mind for so long that when that moment comes.. it’s like of course it’s here because it’s been here the whole time. It’s been up here the whole time.”

– Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant “OK”

This is the moment I accept the most challenging times will always be behind me AND in front of me.

Wednesday night, Kobe Bryant hurt his shoulder on a dunk vs. New Orleans and yesterday, the Lakers confirmed that Kobe sustained a torn rotator cuff and is looking at missing the rest of the season (he and the Lakers will decide for sure on Monday.)

An unbelievable highlight that came out of it: Kobe briefly stayed in the game and tried to play through the injury. He even hit a 16-foot fadeaway, left-handed.

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Today on The Player’s Tribune, and coinciding with Kobe Bryant’s Muse — his upcoming documentary, likely to receive another update now before its February 21st release — Kobe shared a video simply titled “OK”. Watch as he receives the diagnosis. Just because the camera crew is there, I don’t think this is a contrived reaction. Basketball means everything to Kobe and you can sense his genuine emotion when he gets the confirmation of what was likely the case.

Well-done video. And super current. Again, this just happened yesterday.

There is power in understanding the journey of others to help create your own.

 

Kobe Bryant’s Muse (New Trailer)

Basketball is a vehicle through which I’m questioning myself, because basketball is a vehicle in which I learned about myself.

For anyone who has ever played basketball at some sort of competitive level, I feel like you would resonate with Kobe Bryant in his new trailer for his upcoming Showtime doc, Kobe Bryant’s Muse. The quote above is where I’m getting at, as Kobe cites basketball as his teacher, which triggered an immediate memory to little metaphors I have learned through playing ball all my life. Hey, after all… ball is life, right?

Kobe Bean also talks about feeling the energy on the court and celebrating the journey throughout his career and, though this is implied, in his present-day team struggles with his career waning. I feel like Kobe, and you reading this now, would like our New Age section.

Check out the cool new trailer up above as it reveals the release date of Kobe Bryant’s Muse — February 21st.

Kobe Bryant’s MUSE (Launch Trailer)

It became more than a documentary, it became therapy on film.

Kobe Bryant’s MUSE Showtime documentary was previously slated for premiere at the start of the season. But after a push-back to probably get everything right, and as the new trailer above even depicts, even more footage of the start of the season, the documentary will see release in February.

With Kobe on the cusp of passing MJ with 31 more points before tonight’s game at San Antonio, the all-new launch trailer is a powerful 1 minute viewing above. I’m really lookin’ forward to this doc; after all, Kobe is one of the most fascinating NBA subjects, let alone any subject I’d tune in with a fly on the wall view.

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Kobe Bryant’s Muse [Trailer]

Aaaannd, I’m inspired.

1-minute and some Kobe narrated clips is all it’ll take. Here is the Kobe Bryant’s Muse Trailer for the upcoming Showtime documentary series. I thought it was just going to be a one-time doc, but it’ll actually be a series starting when the NBA season does this November. Lookin’ forward to seeing the famed work ethic and mentality of the Black Mamba.

If you wanna accomplish anything of significance or have a serious impact, you gotta make those sacrifices – you have to make that choice. I made that choice a long time ago.

Yesterday it was Kobe’s 36th birthday, too. I wished him a HBD with this classic, rare photo of him with Kenan & Kel. Ha! Great throwback. (Look at that Champion jacket!)

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Kobe and Kenan & Kel, circa 1996.