Kobe Bryant's 'Detail' breaking away from ESPN's opinion-driven content

ESPN+ will debut Bryant's "Detail" on Thursday, but don't expect to see the typical content produced recently by the four-letter network.

Kobe Bryant's "Detail" doesn't care about the NBA playoff storylines in 2018. It has no interest in breaking down the pressure on Chris Paul to get past the Western Conference semifinals, it's unconcerned with LeBron James' standing in the NBA pantheon and it cares not about the Raptors proving they can win in the postseason.

Bryant's new ESPN+ show cares about what the Academy Award winner is passionate about: basketball and film.

"I felt like it's important for the next generation to learn how to watch film, how to study the game," Bryant said on a conference call Wednesday. "And I felt like that if this show was around when I was 10 years old, 11 years old, I would have gained so much value from it that by the time I'm 22, 25 my knowledge of the game would be at a much, much higher level."

ESPN's programming in recent years has seen a significant shift from highlights and the breakdown of plays to opinion and social discussion. Bryant wants absolutely none of that on his show that premieres Thursday, when he will break down Game 6 of the 2009 Western Conference Finals that earned the Lakers a berth in the NBA Finals.

The show will be available on the new ESPN app exclusively. Bryant will break down 15 games during the playoffs, potentially including seven games in the NBA Finals.

Again, though, this show will not be about the storylines surrounding the game, but rather what is going on in it. Bryant described it as a film-room session, but told through a different lens. He's excited to tell the story in a unique way, but also to teach at the same time.

"There's no interviews, there's no desk, there's nothing of that sort," Bryant said. "I want the viewer to have the experience of watching film, right? So what you see on the screen is what I'm breaking down, and there aren't really stories that I'm fascinated with telling in terms of Chris' (Paul) performance in the playoffs with Houston, or how they're meshing together or Golden State's health, I don't care about any of that.

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"The only thing I care about is if I'm James Harden, we just played Game 1, what do I need to focus on and learn from Game 1 that will help us in Game 2?"

Bryant will first break down a select game from Round 1 on Sunday on ESPN+ after the special premiere episode Thursday.