Isaiah Thomas reached out to Kobe Bryant for some help during last year’s NBA playoffs. Thomas had scored 53 points combined in the first two games of the Celtics’ series against the Bulls, but his team was down 2-0.
“I said, ‘All right, send me your touches from the game,’” Bryant recalled. “‘I’ll take a look, we’ll hop on the phone and I’ll tell you what I see.’”
Bryant watched the film, then called Thomas to suggest some adjustments. He gave Thomas suggestions on how to manipulate the defense by predicting their next few moves.
“He was kind of like, ‘Wait, is that how you watch film?’ I said, ‘Yeah dude.’ He said I’ve never heard of watching film that way. It opened...