When I first heard that ESPN would debut its new (paid-subscription-based) ESPN+ app by touting a film-breakdown show narrated by NBA legend Kobe Bryant, I wasn’t too excited.
Kobe doesn’t play anymore, for one, and film breakdown? That’s been offered for free by various YouTube users (including your author) for years.
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I finally came around to give the app a shot, based on some other content ESPN+ had to offer. I watched a few episodes of Kobe’s Detail — where Kobe breaks down and critiques several clips of a specific player from a past game — and have come away very impressed.
While the breaking down of game clips isn’t completely new, Kobe’s show has two things going for it.
- He’s Kobe. His words carry more weight just because of the person who’s speaking them. This isn’t good nor bad, just a clear truth. If Kobe Bryant is talking basketball, you listen.
- Kobe lives up to the name of his show, by going into the minute details of what’s happening, stuff that the average fan — and even many players, which Kobe makes clear without saying in so many words — would never notice.
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