The True Story of the LA Lakers season 1, episode 8 recap


Kobe, Kobe, Kobe, a nostalgic ride that will make you equal parts emotional and happy.

This recap of the Hulu series Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers Season 1 Episode 8 contains spoilers.

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last week on Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers We watched the team reach the top and win three championships in a row. The decline wasn’t far off, however, as Shaq and Kobe’s egos collided, resulting in Shaq leaving the team. What is life like for the Lakers after Shaq and Phil Jackson? Let’s dive into this week’s episode.

Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers Season 1, Episode 8 review

The episode begins with the big Christmas Day matchup with the Lakers and Heat, where Kobe missed the winning shot and lost the first matchup with Shaq since leaving the team.

Expectations have never been higher as the Lakers picked Kobe over Phil Jackson and Shaq. They play on a team a year away from three championships, and while things weren’t going well, Phil Jackson returned to coach the Lakers after the end of the first season. Hearing today’s Phil Jackson talk about rebuilding their relationship after the sinking the year before was great to hear him unpack it all.

Next, the Lakers picked relatively high in the draft when we saw them take Andrew Bynum. Jim Buss was keen to take on Bynum, but Phil wanted someone with more experience by the time Bynum left high school. Every single sign indicated that Bynum had too many red flags, but Jimmy was convinced he was going to be the next big thing. Jimmy needed that because he could say it was his type when he was successful.

As we begin to dig deeper into the Kobe era, I wish we could see this next era of the Lakers as Kobe spoke in his own words about that time and the adversity they faced back to the cover photo. But instead we hear clips of him talking about the team, but it’s not the same. It’s really the first time it’s hit me since seeing Kobe gone and how much this show would have benefited if he’d just talked about it. When I saw Vanessa Bryant talk about it in the documentary, I burst into tears.

We see Kobe fighting with those around him, he went OFF but the team around him wasn’t made to win championships. When that happened, Shaq won a championship in his freshman year with the Miami Heat. Next we see Kobe’s move from number 8 to number 24. Shaq winning that title lit a spark in Kobe and gave him the killer instinct he needed, but the team around him couldn’t help him that big game to win.

Kobe’s growth on and off the pitch, from his rather selfish days with Shaq to becoming a teammate and understanding that he needed the people around him to be successful was amazing to watch because you see this man as one One man show who wanted to do everything. However, when you hear the likes of Lamar Odom and Paul Gasol talk about the changes he’s made, you appreciate Kobe’s greatness even more.

Overall the very Kobe-centric sequel of Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers brought some true tears to my eyes as we got to relive one of the greatest games of all time. They’ve done a great job of not taking away from Kobe what he built and transitioning into this megastar. It was the best edited and most focused episode of the season.

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