More often than not, basketball fans love to debate. Could Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James actually be better than Michael Jordan? Are the 2010s Golden State Warriors a better team than the late 1990s Chicago Bulls? These are impossible questions to answer, but luckily there is now one thing everyone can agree upon.
If you watched the NBA on Christmas Day in 2018, you know exactly what this is about. For those who didn’t, ESPN teased the sports world with a 60-second teaser of “The Last Dance,” a 10-part documentary series on Michael Jordan and the Bulls from the 1997-98 championship season.
It’s beyond amazing and this ESPN Films 30 for 30 is already in the running for the greatest sports documentary ever. That’s not debatable.
“The Last Dance” Teaser
With NBA All-Stars Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, the controversy of Dennis Rodman, the leadership of head coach Phil Jackson and other key players such as Ron Harper, Steve Kerr, Toni Kukoc and Luc Longley, the 1990s Bulls were a cultural phenomenon. It was the final chapter to one of the most successful dynasties in sports history.
Directed by Jason Hehir, who also is famous for his work on the 30 for 30 project “The ’85 Bears” and WWE superstar documentary “Andre the Giant” on HBO, this docu-series will feature exclusive footage from the sixth and final Bulls championship of the MJ era and what happened to the team after the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz.
Here are some dynamite quotes from the teaser of the final season:
“I am cursed with this mentality of competitiveness.” — Michael Jordan
“Competition was an addiction.” — Phil Jackson
“Everyday was a battle.” — Steve Kerr
“Boom! You don’t hear or see Dennis for 48 hours.” — Michael Jordan
“No matter what we did, it seemed like it was a story.” — Steve Kerr
“Scottie was being selfish.” — Scottie Pippen
“I never hated Scottie.” — Dennis Rodman
“We were the greatest team ever.” — Scottie Pippen
“I’m going to ridicule you until you get on the same level with me.” — Michael Jordan
“My mentality was to go out and win… at any cost.” — Michael Jordan
Then, on Christmas Eve in 2019, ESPN dropped a new trailer.
“The Last Dance” Full Trailer
The 10-part series featuring some of basketball’s greatest icons and all-access footage was set to debut on ESPN/ABC in June 2020 and on Netflix later in the fall.
Some of the featured guests include Barack Obama, Kobe Bryant, Adam Silver, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Gary Payton, Pat Riley, Justin Timberlake, Bob Costas, Carmen Electra, and Patrick Ewing.
After watching the preview, it will absolutely be worth the wait. It’s coming soon, but maybe not soon enough.
“The Last Dance” Documentary Release Rumors
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, including the positive test of Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, the NBA is in hiatus. We all need something new to watch. A documentary about the Chicago Bulls dynasty and their final championship run is the perfect fix, but it didn’t seem likely, according to Front Row Sports‘ Michael McCarthy.
Recently, ESPN changed the “Coming in June” to “Coming Soon” and giving fans hope it would be released early.
Then, it happened.
“The Last Dance” Release Date
Life in quarantine just got a glimmer of hope. Instead of releasing “The Last Dance” documentary in June, ESPN announced the first two episodes will premiere on Sunday, April 19 at 9 p.m. EST.
It’s about to get real.
“The Last Dance” Schedule
Every Sunday, from April 19 until May 17, sports fans have something to look forward to. ESPN will release two new one-hour episodes on April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, and May 17.
Thank you, ESPN. This is exactly what the doctor ordered.
This post was originally published on December 26, 2018, but updates will continue until it is finally released.