ESPN’s The Last Dance: A Review

Sam Otley, Staff Writer

Right now, as the world is devoid of sports in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic, there has been one savior for sports fans across the world: The Last Dance. The Last Dance is a 10 part documentary series screening on ESPN every Sunday night from 9-11. The topic of the series is the Chicago Bulls’ 1997–98 NBA season. At the time, the Bulls had Michael Jordan, who is regarded by many as the greatest basketball player of all time. However, this series does more than just talk about Jordan’s skills as a basketball player. In 2016, after the footage had been hidden for 20 years, Jordan finally allowed it to be used in a documentary. 

The first three episodes centered around the core trio of the team: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman. Each of them had dedicated episodes focusing on topics such as off-court antics, poor relationships within the franchise, “blackmail,” their journey to get to play for the Bulls, and many other subjects. However, as the former General Manager of the Bulls (and now one of the most hated people in the sports world), Jerry Krause said: “It’s not the players that win Championships, it’s the franchise.” 

The show goes in-depth with player interviews of NBA legends, former journalists, and even Barack Obama. However, this show was not only made for basketball fanatics; even if you have no interest in basketball, some of the plot lines that occur within the franchise rival reality TV shows. There are countless numbers of bizarre situations that you wouldn’t associate with such a successful organization. From home, NBA players are tweeting their live reactions to hearing stories that no one knew about, and many basketball mysteries are being solved. So far, six episodes have come out with two more arriving on May 10th and the final two of the series on May 17th. As we are all trapped inside during quarantine, I would recommend a quick 6-hour binge to catch up and you’ll learn things about basketball that you didn’t even know you cared about.