The moment we have all been waiting for is finally coming to fruition. That is the 10-part-documentary event called ‘The Last Dance,’ covering the Chicago Bulls 1997-98 season, which was the last season of the Bulls dynasty.
What makes this documentary so special is that Michael Jordan, Bulls Owner Jerry Reinsdorf, and Coach Phil Jackson allowed a film crew unprecedented access throughout the entire 97-98 season. The documentary will be shown on ESPN starting Sunday, April 19th at 9 p.m. eastern time and will feature two parts every Sunday until May 17th when Parts 9 and 10 air to conclude the documentary according to NBA.com.
The first trailer for the documentary appeared on Christmas Day in 2018 giving people their first look at what the epic was going to look like, and at the end it said it would be coming in 2020.
A year went by and then at the same time in 2019, the next trailer for the documentary was shown, but this time with a different angle. In this trailer, we were shown many of the people that did sit down interviews to talk about the 97-98 Bulls season and their connection to it.
Some names that were in the trailer were of course members of the team like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Steve Kerr, and Coach Phil Jackson, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Other stars did sit down interviews like Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Charles Barkley, Pat Riley, Patrick Ewing, and even former President Barack Obama. This trailer also gave a long-awaited released date, June 2020.
As time continued to pass by, people kind of forgot about the documentary and focused on the NBA season and the playoff race that started to heat up. Then in early March, the Coronavirus pandemic started to reach the United States and would eventually affect the NBA as Utah Jazz Center Rudy Gobert contracted the Coronavirus.
Since that happened, the NBA along with other professional sports leagues have halted their operations, as the NBA hasn’t been in action since March 11th. With the lack of live sports that have been accessible, some people have been frustrated with trying to find ways of filling their time.
As a result of sports being shut down, people started going on social media and posting the trailer for The Last Dance documentary asking for the documentary to be released. Now would be the perfect time for it to be aired with no sports being played, as it would give something for people to look forward in a time where good news has been sparse.
After some wishful thinking, ESPN decided that they would grant the wishes of so many people out there and go ahead with an early release of the documentary on ABC’s show Good Morning America on March 31st, as they showed the Final Preview for the documentary. ESPN would release the following statement saying:
“As society navigates this time without live sports, viewers are still looking to the sports world to escape and enjoy a collective experience. We’ve heard the calls from fans asking us to move up the release date for this series, and we’re happy to announce that we’ve been able to accelerate the production schedule to do just that. This project celebrates one of the greatest players and dynasties ever, and we hope it can serve as a unifying entertainment experience to fill the role that sports often play in our lives, telling a story that will captivate everyone, not just sports fans.”
There are so many things to look forward to with this documentary. It gives people of younger ages a chance to learn stuff about the Bulls that they didn’t know because they weren’t around to see it. It also gives 90’s NBA fans a chance to relive some of their greatest memories and bring them back to a different time in their life.
It will let people know the intensity of Michael Jordan by showing what he was like in practice and his relationships with his teammates. Hopefully, everyone’s questions will be answered, and we can all look back when this documentary is over and be thankful that we got to witness true greatness.