How many legitimate basketball fans do we have reading this site? Three, not counting TK? Man alive, that’s just a sport I don’t get. Football and baseball are great, because 10 to 15 percent of the time, it comes down to the last two minutes of the game or the ninth inning. In the NBA, it’s 85 percent of the time. Four out of five games, the last two minutes are all that matters, which makes watching the first 58 minutes of a basketball game kind of wearying and pointless.
Or maybe that’s just me.
Anyway, the NBA currently sports two legitimate superstars — guys even non-sports fans are familiar with: Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Aside from knowing they’re very good and that both of their teams — the L.A. Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers — are favorites in their conferences (because Garnett is out for the Celtics) in the interminable NBA playoffs that just begun (and won’t end until June), I don’t know a lot about either. Kobe had a rape charge against him; LeBron is apparently already a New York Knick, two years before his contract for Cleveland has run out (is that still the case?)
But, both players have documentaries coming out. Kobe Bryant’s doc, called Kobe Doin’ Work, is directed by Spike Lee and will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. Here’s the trailer, which lacks anything insightful or substantive or remotely interesting:
LeBron’s documentary, More than a Game, looks considerably more compelling, though it’s still not anything I’d be interested in. Directed by newcomer Kristopher Belman, More than a Game is about LeBron and his high-school teammates, who played in a high-school national championship game and formed a life-long bond. Here’s the trailer: