It’s been an extremely rough past two months without sports to watch and cheer for at every level. Thankfully for sports fans, the greatest basketball player to ever play the game has once again captured the nation’s imagination.
And it couldn’t have happened at a better time.
In case you were not aware, ESPN is currently airing a documentary that details Michael Jordan’s last season with the Chicago Bulls in 1998 titled “The Last Dance.”
Of course, the documentary details more than just that season as viewers are treated to excellently told background stories of the players, coaches and ownership of that Bulls team.
The documentary airs on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. CT over a span of two one-hour episodes on ESPN and ESPN2 (the uncensored version filled with adult language airs on ESPN).
Thus far, the documentary has been an absolute hit as millions tune in every Sunday not only to watch the true story of Jordan’s last go-around with the Bulls but to fulfill their need for content related to sports.
Take my word for it: This is absolutely worth the hype. Jordan is arguably the greatest athlete in the history of sports. To see him looking back on his legendary career and detailing what actually happen behind closed doors is fascinating.
Even if you aren’t a Jordan fan, there is just so much here to enjoy. From Dennis Rodman’s crazy antics on and off the court, to Phil Jackson detailing his philosophy on coaching, there is something here for everybody.
And if the kids aren’t around, I highly suggest to watch the uncensored version on ESPN. There is just something so refreshing and entertaining about watching these world-famous athletes truly being themselves on camera.
But there is so much more here to take away then just entertainment value. For example, athletes at every level can learn something about what it means to be a good player from how Scottie Pippen freely took a backseat to Jordan in order for the Bulls to keep winning championships.
Coaches can learn from Jackson’s relaxed style of leading a team of grown adults to six championships through the usage of the triangle offense.
And finally, we as fans can learn how why the 1990s Chicago Bulls became a pop-culture sensation that dominated daily conversations.
Sure, there is amazing entertainment value here, but “The Last Dance” is also a chance to study the past to improve our current realities. Personally, I can’t help to respect the amazing work ethic of Jordan of the course of his career. It’s something that we all can look at and strive for.
ESPN has done the sporting world a tremendous favor by giving the public this outstanding documentary at a time where we all need something to inspire and enthrall us.
It is no surprise to me that the great Michael Jordan is once again the person up to that task.