Cavs’ Tristan Thompson is on-point about suggesting Kobe Bryant documentary next

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Cleveland Cavaliers big Tristan Thompson was like so many of the rest of us in tuning into “The Last Dance” on Sunday, well the first two parts. Thompson I believe was spot-on, though, in suggesting we see a Kobe Bryant documentary next.

It was a pleasure to see the first two parts of the ten-part documentary series, “The Last Dance” on Sunday, and I say that even as a Cleveland Cavaliers fan. Yes, that’s even considering Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls eliminated the Cavs four times in Jordan’s days in the postseason.

For a quick recap, “The Last Dance” is a documentary that features exclusive access to footage of the 1997-98 Bulls’ season, which was the last year of their dynasty, and ultimately, capped Jordan and Chicago’s six-for-six run when it came to NBA Finals’ series record.

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Granted, it was truly something else to hear from a report from ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne on Saturday that Jordan, who controlled the rights to the footage, gave the go-ahead to producer Mike Tollin to do “The Last Dance,” during the Cavs’ championship parade in 2016.

As Shelburne essentially alluded to, that was seemingly right during when LeBron James, who is often compared to Jordan, was the key cog in defeating the team that broke Jordan and the Bulls’ record for regular season wins in the Golden State Warriors.

Plus, it was via historic comeback fashion, too, but wow was that timing peak Jordan.

Anyway, while I was very pleased with the first two episodes of “The Last Dance,” which is seemingly not just a Jordan documentary, but he is a “leading character,” as Shelburne noted (and I can see many categorizing it as an MJ doc), Cavs big man Tristan Thompson was on-point about wanting a Kobe Bryant documentary next.

The one that premiered on Sunday and will be going forward on ESPN is again, not just about Jordan, according to Shelburne, but he is a key focal point, for obvious reasons.

Again, though, TT was on-point about wanting a doc about the late Kobe Bryant.

Unfortunately, Kobe, who will be appearing at some point in “The Last Dance,” is no longer with us, but clearly, his legacy lives on forever. It was a no-brainer move by The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for Bryant to be inducted in that 2020 class, too.

Moreover, it was nice to see TT’s above tweet regarding how their should be a “Kobe documentary next.”

The “#MambaMentality” Thompson was referring to is something we’re very familiar with in relation to Bryant, as just like MJ, Kobe was NEVER going to be outworked. That played right into him being a five-time NBA champion, 18-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA and 12-time All-Defensive squad member.

Bryant was such an electric scorer with 25.0 points per outing in his career, and was willing to do whatever it takes to win on the biggest stage, and just like Jordan, Kobe was truly an unmatched competitor. That’s what Thompson was seemingly referring to in regards to that “Mamba Mentality,” and/or Kobe’s otherworldly work ethic.

Kobe, just like MJ and LeBron, really, was such a unique basketball mind, too, and just getting more of a look into that sort of thing from him, to go with his practice habits, would be amazing viewing for so many people in a documentary format. TT was on-point in suggesting we see a Kobe documentary next, given how Bryant was such a competitor, that like Jordan, also demanded excellence and just wanted to win.

Plus, Kobe, with the way he played, especially in the mid-post, and defensively on the perimeter and with the effort he put in, wanted to be just like MJ.

However, if possible, it’d be cool to see the other side of Bryant that we seemed to see glimpses of in the twilight of his career, in terms of being more easygoing in a way, and lastly, all viewers would appreciate seeing a tad bit of Kobe just being a great and loving dad/family man. That was something his wife Vanessa often praised about Bryant, and it’s just so unbelievably unfortunate that Kobe and his late daughter Gianna have passed.

It was awesome to see Gianna, along with two others in the late Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester that were among nine people that so sadly passed earlier this year in a helicopter crash, though, were honorary draft picks in the 2020 WNBA Draft. Kobe and Gianna had such tremendous love for the WNBA as well.

Clearly, Thompson was on-point in suggesting we see a Kobe doc next in regards to seemingly legendary NBA players or perhaps generational athletes.

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Lastly, rest easy, Gianna, Alyssa, Payton, Kobe, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Christina Mauser and Ara Zobayan.