Right now, the talk of the NBA is “The Last Dance,” a 10-part documentary season about Michael Jordan and the 1997-1998 Chicago Bulls. The latest Lakers news indicates that we could see something very similar with Kobe Bryant’s final season in the future.
ESPN’s Baxter Holmes outlined how an extensive camera crew were granted unprecedented lockerroom access during Kobe’s final season with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2015-2016. There have been no reported plans to make a documentary, but with all of the footage available, chances are that it could someday be in the making, similar to this Jordan documentary.
Kobe is also going to appear in “The Last Dance” at some point in the five weeks. Bryant reportedly filmed an interview for the documentary in mid-January, a week before his tragic passing in a helicopter crash.
Los Angeles Lakers news from the FanSided Network:
- Brooklyn Nets are considering Jason Kidd as head coach candidate… seriously, Duncan Smith, Hoops Habit
Marc Stein of The New York Times first reported that Jason Kidd was on the shortlist of coaching candidates to replace Kenny Atkinson in Brooklyn. Kidd coached the Nets in 2013 and 2014 and is currently an assistant coach on the Los Angeles Lakers.
Smith breaks down the reported interest, and as you could tell by the title, is not in love with this idea in the column that was posted.
- Why LeBron James is the 2019-2020 NBA MVP, Zane Harris, LA Sports Hub
Zane Harris breaks down why LeBron James deserves to win the MVP award over Giannis Antetokounmpo, even if the NBA season never returns from its current hiatus. He does have a compelling point!
- What if the Denver Nuggets had taken Lonzo Ball no. 13?, Gerald Bourguet, FanSided.com
The FanSided NBA division conducted a full first-round re-draft of the 2017 NBA Draft and the Los Angeles Lakers selected Donovan Mitchell with the second overall pick. The real second overall pick, Lonzo Ball, fell all the way to the 13th pick and the Denver Nuggets.
Bourguet breaks down how this would have affected the Nuggets, the Lakers as well as Lonzo Ball himself. He is not a Laker anymore, but as a key component of the Anthony Davis trade, it is worth reading.
Los Angeles Lakers news from around the web:
- Phil Handy wants NBA season to resume so he can keep his Finals streak alive, Christian Rivas, Silver Screen & Roll
Phil Handy is currently an assistant coach on the Los Angeles Lakers and has a streak similar to The Undertaker’s at stake. Rivas breaks down the streak that could be broken this year if the NBA season does not resume.
- Defining Moments of the NBA Season: LeBron Passes Kobe, Then Pays Homage, Haley O’Shaughnessy, The Ringer
The Ringer has been breaking down the defining moments of the 2019-2020 season and O’Shaughnessy provides a great account of the night that LeBron James passed Kobe Bryant in all-time scoring.
- For Troy Daniels, this NBA season has been a ‘roller-coaster ride’, Mark Berman, The Roanoke Times
Troy Daniels was recently waived by the Los Angeles Lakers and his impact on the team was not as large as expected as he never really grew into the role of being a reliable three-point option off the bench for the team.
Daniels discussed his entire roller coaster ride with the Lakers, from his role with the team to the media attention — all the way down to the chefs.