Kobe Bryant Gets Real About Basketball, Injuries in Showtime Documentary Trailer (Video)

“We all have sh– that we go through,” the NBA great says in “Kobe Bryant’s Muse”

The quest for greatness requires the willingness to sacrifice, and NBA superstar Kobe Bryant says “that’s a choice I made a long time ago” in the newly released trailer for the Showtime documentary “Kobe Bryant’s Muse.”

Bryant is shown dribbling a ball inside an empty gym during the documentary about his life and the Los Angeles Lakers 2013-14 season. “We all have sh– that we go through,” the fiercely-private Lakers legend says after a trainer is shown stretching out his injured leg.

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The clip’s black-and-white cinematography and crystal clear sound editing — how often can you hear the air conditioner running in a gym? — suggest a measured, thoughtful look at the Lakers star as he enters the twilight of his career.

Directed by Gotham Chopra (“Decoding Deepak”), the documentary lists Bryant as a producer. “I think me as producer is only a title. Honestly, I’m not quite sure what a producer really is. I kind of turn it over to Gotham,” Bryant said in July during a panel at the Television Critics Association summer 2014 press tour.

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Bryant has final approval on the film, so it will be interesting to see how tough a look it takes at the so-called “Black Mamba.” He missed most of last season with a knee injury as the team struggled to a 27-55 record, the worst in the franchise’s history. It was the 36-year-old star’s 18th season in the NBA.

“Kobe Bryant’s Muse” is slated to air on Showtime in November.

Below is a clip from the film.