Do The Right Thing – Listen To Spike Lee

March 4, 2009 – 4:59 am by Michael Bean

Spike Lee’s credentials in the film world are too long to list, so let’s just get right to his recent interview on WQXI in Atlanta. He talked about his most recent documentary about superstar Kobe Bryant called Kobe Doing Work.

On how much coverage he got from the Lakers organization, Kobe and Phil Jackson:

“Oh we had complete access. We had thirty cameras. Kobe wore a mic. And Phil Jackson allowed us to bring a camera into the locker room before the game, halftime, and after the game. Phil Jackson never does that.”

On how much editing the Lakers or the NBA did demanded?

“There was not any change suggested. And also, the method of broadcast, when it comes out on the DVD that’s out on Tuesday – it will be uncensored so there’s a lot of language. You really get a feel for what these guys are saying out there. And they’re not mincing words either.”

Excellent, I’ve always wanted to listen in on some of the NBA’s great trash talkers and I’d imagine Kobe’s right up there with the best of them.

On his pending documentary project about Michael Jordan (things are currently still in the negotiations process for rights) and what might be in it that people don’t already know about MJ.

Any time you get lawyers involved it gets stuck. It’s not Mike.”

“In Michael’s last season in Chicago, a camera was with him every single day during that season. And the NBA has been sitting on this footage for years. I mean, phenomenal stuff. There’s just so much amazing material and they’ve been sitting on it. And they finally realized they needed a filmmaker to make it into a film. So I’m going to go back, cut that stuff, then interview the players, the people that were a part of that great run. So it’s a fascinating look at one of the greatest athletes of all time.”

On whether or not he thinks Larry Bird was overrated:

“I never ever denied that he was a great player. What I was talking about was at that time in the league, the way the press and TV talked about the guy was like the second coming of Jesus and there was nobody else. Larry Bird this, Larry Bird that. I mean Dennis Johnson, Robert Parish, they were on that team too. And Larry Bird wasn’t doing it alone. The man’s a great ball player. I’ve always just disliked every team from Boston anyway.”

Listen here to Spike Lee on WQXI

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  1. 12 Responses to “Do The Right Thing – Listen To Spike Lee”

  2. Great interview. When folks think of Magic-Bird they never mention the Russell-West confrontations in the 70’s, but those games, and the mutual respect those two showed for each other, is almost a duplicate of the Showtime games with Bird & Magic. The difference is that the Celtics always won, but I doubt that there have been two icons of any sport that respected each other the way West & Russell did. Both men should be recognized for their contribution to the game and their complete domination of their respective conferences over that period.

    By douglas halsey on Mar 7, 2009

  3. thanks for the comment Douglas. Good point about Russell-West. The NBA does a pretty miserable job with their history, certainly stuff pre MJ. It’s bizarre.

    By Bunk on Mar 7, 2009

  4. the article say that dvd will be released tuesday (today), but all other release dates for the dvd say may 19, 2009. Does anyone know which is the real date or if it is available, where it can be purchased???

    By mark on Mar 10, 2009

  5. Mark, I think it comes out on TV first then released on DVD May 19. Not 100% sure, but from the interview, he made it sound like there were two versions coming out this spring and early summer.

    By Bunk on Mar 11, 2009

  6. Kobe Doin’ Work

    By P.I. on May 17, 2009

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