Growing up in an era of the NBA dominated by players like Kobe Bryant and Lebron James, we often can lose our focus towards other all-time greats like Magic Johnsons or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. One name, though, will always stick in the minds of NBA fans–Michael Jordan. It’s difficult to think about basketball, or even basketball shoes, without thinking of Michael Jordan.
The new ESPN and Netflix original series, The Last Dance, serves as a reminder to Michael Jordan’s greatness and dominance on the court, as well as providing the viewer with a special look into one of the greatest franchises of all time: the 90s Chicago Bulls. The series follows their hopes of chasing a sixth franchise title, before their team is ripped apart. The super franchise that terrorized the league for nearly a decade was made up of three superstars: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman.
The first two episodes dive into the conflict filled Bulls franchise, often covered up by the massive amounts of success the team enjoyed. The main cause of this controversy was the fact that Bulls general manager Jerry Krause–who, to his credit, could put one amazing team together–often butted heads with many of the superstars he brought onto the program, including Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
The Last Dance jumps around from one time period to another, moving from Jordan’s early family life to different experiences he and the team had, all while working its way towards the Bulls’ “last dance”. The show reflects back to the pasts of Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan in the first two episodes, taking the viewer through what they had to work through to achieve their eventual greatness. The show is a must-watch for any and all sports fans, especially given how little sports is airing at the moment. It is the perfect time to take yourself back to the 80s and 90s and relive the making and success of one of the greatest, if not the greatest, NBA dynasties.