Kobe Bryant To Play In New York ... On Film

March 17, 2009: Kobe Bryant is coming to New York ... but Knicks fans shouldn't be overly excited as the NBA star won't trade in his Los Angeles Lakers uniform to play at Madison Square Garden, but instead will be part of the Tribeca Film Festival in Spike Lee's Kobe Doin' Work. The documentary, an ESPN Films production, will have its world premiere April 25 as part of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. Kobe Doin' Work will also be aired on ESPN on May 16. The film was shot during the NBA playoffs last season and also features a score by Bruce Hornsby. In Kobe Doin' Work, "Spike Lee brings the audience onto the court with superstar Kobe Bryant as his Lakers battle the [San Antonio] Spurs in a game with major playoff implications," according to a release from the Tribeca Film Festival. "Through pre-game prep, fast breaks, team huddles and post-game interviews, it's just another day at the office for one of the NBA's best." "We are proud to kick off the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival with a documentary showcasing not only Spike Lee's fervent love of basketball but our collective commitment to great storytelling," Keith Clinkscales, svp ESPN content development and enterprises, said in a statement. "Kobe Doin' Work and the entire sports festival slate speak to the power of film and sports to inspire, motivate and transform."

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