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ESQ: Do you think greatness is really cemented in a specific moment? Or is it like Kobe says in Muse, that greatness is a true culmination of work? Gotham Chapra: I think to me, greatness is achieved in these moments. And it’s fleeting, it’s temporary—even when you’re the best. It’s not permanent. It’s there and then it’s gone. And its fleetingness is part of what makes it great. If it was achieved all the time or if you were perpetually in that state, then it wouldn’t be that great, because you would get used to it. And it wouldn’t be as amazing as it is.
Not long after that, he ended up seated next to Kobe Bryant at an L.A. charity event and the two struck up a conversation, which Chopra remembers mostly as friendly trash-talking between a Lakers star and a lifelong Celtics diehard. “I could trash talk on those teams and go deep with him, so we developed a friendship and chemistry,” Chopra said.
Bryant soon called him to talk basketball, with the “Black Mamba” breaking down film with him. Bryant showed him why he considered Larry Bird the sport’s greatest pump-faker – to the delight of the Celtics fan in Chopra. That would lead to a long and often arduous collaboration that would become the well-regarded “Kobe Bryant’s Muse” that debuted on Showtime in 2015. It recounted Bryant’s long journey back from injury while delving into his motivations and controversies. “That project over the course of two years, as it intensified, I got to know him and his family and his story,” Chopra said.
ESQ: To go back to what you mentioned before—LeBron describing that feeling of nothingness surprised me. Gotham Chapra: Well, ultimately, what is this about? If there’s one unifying theme, it’s the idea of peak performance. Human potential. There’s a unifying experience. When you start to hear athletes talk about it, it’s pretty consistent. Usually, there’s thousands of people, millions of people sometimes watching on screen, and the athletes are aware of that. But what happens to them is: You lose yourself. It’s the absence of time. It’s the absence of the cheers, or the boos, or whatever. It’s a spiritual experience. It’s not about the crowd, it’s not even about winning and losing, it’s about being the best version of yourself. When you start to think about it that way, the feeling of nothing is the best description. I mean, it’s no surprise LeBron was the first one and he articulated that.