Lakers’ legend Kobe Bryant had his final season in the NBA documented with a film crew, much like Michael Jordan. With the release of “The Last Dance” in the past week, news had been speculating about whether this had been the same for Bryant’s last season in the league.
The camera crew supposedly had full unprecedented access, through Bryant and the Lakers, to film the team in the wake of Kobe’s final season before retiring in 2016. A spokesman from the Lakers has said that:
“They had unprecedented and, by far, greater access than anyone else ever. 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.”
Former Lakers’ staff members have said that the cameraman had access to everything related to Bryant and the Lakers. From the home and away games, to the locker rooms and supposedly also the teams’ plane.
The final season for Bryant was his 20th in the league and wearing the purple and gold Lakers attire. The crew increased in size throughout the year, with many saying there were up to 6 personal crews filming the infamous 60 point game against the Jazz.
However, due to the passing of Bryant in January, there are still uncertainties about how the footage will be managed.
Sources have told ESPN that Bryant had control of the content and wanted to be the lead in documenting his season rather than have someone else do it for him. This is why there are going to be queries as to what can happen with it all now.
More to come soon in regards to this.