Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 at 6:40 pm  |  12 responses

Video: Behind the Scenes – Lakers at Pistons

Following Kobe and the Lakers visit at the Palace.


Kobe Bryant may be the most loved/hated athlete of our generation. Trust me, I found this out with my coverage of him at the Palace of Auburn Hills when the Lakers stormed the Motor City. Instead of profiling him in a negative light, which it seems like everyone wants to read about, I profiled him as a living legend.

I paid homage to his greatness.

As a result, there were mixed feelings, which was expected. These are the same discussions that I have among my friends on Western Michigan University’s campus all of the time.

Despite my biases in the coverage (there were several), I also shot footage as well, intending to give viewers a visual account of my coverage. So if you’re not a Laker fan or an extreme Kobe buff, like myself, this video may offend you. Viewer discretion advised… — Eric Woodyard

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Nice work, Eric. The Machine has to have fans in the Motor City.

  • http://www.pistonscast.com John W. Davis

    I love my cousin Kobe! Can you see the resemblance?

  • RuPaul

    Give it up for Kobe!

    I did.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Somebody should have got some behind the scenes shots from the last two games. You know…..that of the sinking ship and the “greatest’s” shrinking field goal percentage.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Good stuff. Kobe plays around with talc? Copying KG and LBJ? Ok. Oh…”and you the first one to do videos?” That’s cute. Otherwise, nice.

  • funkymunky

    Wow, great footage, man! I have to say tho, Lebron has got Kobe in the talcum powder waving department hahaha. Lebron’s talcum powder throw just looks more dramatic lol.

  • BOB

    Hero is probably basketball’s song of the year, not so sure about the Stillmatic intro though.
    Who’s that Fisher and Odom say hi to before the game?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Is the irony of the Nas track — you know, the dude who ghostwrote KB’s “raps” back when he was, um, a “rapper” — running over this video intentional?

  • mamba rides coat tails

    Eric, you must be Kobe’s good luck charm. This was the only good game Kobe’s had in weeks. Good piece though. It’s great that you got the opportunity to meet him.

  • Tonya

    Hahah that is me in the video.. good job recording me meeting Sasha.. thank you!! <3

  • rob

    Kobe is God. Lakers 2009 champions. Just watch.

  • leeman1187

    Well BOB that was Piston Badboy Rick Mahorn who fish and odom was giving five’s too… good video e-wood videos like this make you pull for LA but im still gonna have to say DENVER IN 6!