The Last Dance

For two hours on Sunday April 19th, 2020 – the world forgot all about pandemics and quarantine.  We were too enthralled with the first two episodes of “The Last Dance” – the story of Michael Jordan and the 1998 Chicago Bulls.

I put my phone on airplane mode, only switching it back on during the brief commercial interludes to see Dwyane Wade, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Magic Johnson, Russell Wilson, Terrell Owens, athletes from every sport and other notable famous people commenting on social media.  The whole world seemed to be tuned in for a television event we hadn’t experienced together since the Super Bowl.  And even with the immense level of anticipation…years of promos plus pandemic yearning for entertainment and sports…it held up to expectations…and beyond!

The documentary correctly positions Jerry Krause in the villain role.  Some would argue he’s not around to defend himself.  But you can’t change the storyline because the guy is dead.  Krause was a genius in some regard and built Michael Jordan’s supporting cast with shrewd trades and remarkable draft selections.  But, as Steve Kerr pointed out during his post-show interview with Scott Van Pelt, Krause “couldn’t get out of his own way.”  He willfully and clumsily dismantled the greatest team ever with little regard for the humans involved.

The first episode focuses on Michael Jordan’s early years and the events between the ’97 championship and leads into the ’97-’98 season.  Part two gives Scottie Pippen his due.  We were reminded of the drama between Pip and management.  Pippen’s undervalued contract and stalemate with Krause even forced Scottie into demanding a trade.

After the two hours were up, we all wanted more.  We’ll have to wait until next Sunday.  Episode 3 highlights The Worm’s path.  That’s right – it’s been that good and we haven’t even covered Dennis Rodman yet!

Same here, Zach.  Same here.



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