The Last Dance has certainly become appointment television in this current COVID-19 world that’s devoid of sports. I’m not so sure it wouldn’t be that way regardless of our current status in the world. What Jason Hehir has put together is nothing short of extraordinary. Seeing how he’s effortlessly weaved in sports with both societal and pop-cultural references has been a joy to watch. ESPN is seeing record ratings and for a good reason. Some people transcend what they are famous for, and Jordan certainly is an example of that. While Episode 5 and 6 air Sunday night at 9 on ESPN, here are our five takeaways from this week’s episodes.
5. Kobe –
At the beginning of the 5th episode, there’s a fitting tribute to the connection between Jordan and Bryant. They go back to their meeting in the 98 All-Star Game, recapping the epic back and forth these two had on the court. Bryant was interviewed for the documentary before his untimely passing, and he does set the record straight about being asked about who would win in a game of one on one between him and Jordan. He won’t even entertain the answer the question but does let the world know, “What you get from me is from him.” It was nice to see greatness acknowledge greatness. A great to start this week’s installments of The Last Dance.
4. The Dream Team
For anyone who thinks they know everything about what went on with 92 Dream Team will have their mind blown. Very revealing moments about how the team was formed. The Last Dance certainly touched on all the gossip surrounding this team.
3. The Rise of Nike
A great deal of time is spent on the rise of Nike, and it’s cultural significance. Some fascinating people were brought in to discuss this. They also discuss the origins of the Mars Blackman commercials. To think that Nike was a distant 3rd in the shoe pecking order behind Converse and Adidas when Jordan signed with them is mindblowing.
Between the public scrutiny behind Jordan’s gambling habits and the pressure of bringing Championships to Chicago, it seemed to be wearing down the best player in the game. There’s a refreshing amount of Honesty during the tail end of episode 5 and a large chunk of 6 diving into this topic. If Jordan wasn’t so motivated to do his initial 3-peat, we might have seen him walkway from the game much sooner than he did.
We see at the end of Episode 6 that Jordan’s desire for seclusion from the public was at an all-time high after their first 3-peat. In many ways, it’s sad to see someone achieve so much but wants to be left alone.