Even though Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant is now in retirement, he still remains connected to the game. ESPN announced on Friday that they have partnered with Kobe to present Canvas – a new documentary genre show.
The game of basketball brought plenty of ups and downs to his life, shaping Bryant into one of the most iconic figures in NBA history.
Bryant has stayed busy during his first season of retirement with many non-basketball related things, such as his company Kobe Inc. Moreover, it was confirmed earlier this week that his wife Vanessa gave birth to their third girl, Bianka.
The 18-time All-Star has been in touch with head coach Luke Walton this season. He also keeps a close eye on NBA through social media.
The show will premiere on Christmas, during the NBA Countdown on ABC. Additionally, Michelle Beadle, Chauncey Billups, Jalen Rose, and Lakers legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be present. The show is a six-part series, with Bryant being the creator, writer, and the director.
It will be aired just before the Golden State Warriors-Cleveland Cavaliers game at 2 P.M. EST. The first episode is titled ‘Guarding The Greats’. Bryant and ESPN will teach the art of ‘ how to defend the elite NBA players’.
ESPN Vice President of original content Kevin Wildes gave some notions into the partnership with Bryant.
Kevin Wilde said that “Kobe is one of the most important athletes of the past 20 years, known for his brilliant basketball mind equally as much as his spellbinding athleticism,”. Kevin Wilde further added “These videos, which are more like short films, mirror the unique approach Kobe took to the game of basketball. We’re eager for the fans to see his thought process come to life in video medium”.
Each episode of The six-part series will cover the various on-court topic in the NBA, from the perspective of Bryant. The Spanish version of the documentary will be telecasted on ESPN Deportes.
The additional five episodes will be shown during the 2016-17 NBA season, with some being tied into specific regular season matchups on ESPN and ABC.