The Last Dance

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The Last Dance is about Michael Jordan and his journey throughout the league. The show’s main focus though is on the Chicago Bulls’ 97-98 season as they attempt to win their sixth NBA championship together as a team, or their second three peat. The series shows the struggles that Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman had to go through while being in the league. It shows the adversity these players had to go through in order to be the greatest of all time. 

The ten show series starts with a question. Why is the 97-98 season dubbed The Last Dance? Chicago’s general manager at the time, Jerry Krause, and head coach, Phil Jackson, didn’t have the greatest relationship with each other. Krause pulled the plug on the head coach and told him that this was going to be his last season with the Bulls. Michael Jordan, the NBA’s best player, said that he will not play under any other coach. That didn’t matter to Krause though. Krause thought that he could quickly rebuild the Bulls, but he was very wrong. 

Although Krause did break the team up, he built one of the greatest teams to ever step on a basketball court. Between 1990 and 1998 the Bulls had three peated twice. Michael Jordan, the scoring and defensive monster stormed the league as “Air Jordan”. Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman were Jordan’s right hand men. Scottie did it all, and Denis was a defensive powerhouse that could out rebound anyone. This team could do it all. 

One of the greatest highlights of the show is when the Bulls were taking on the Cavs in 1989. A playoff game to advance to the finals. Critics doubted the Bulls heavily. This fueled Michael and the Bulls and they went up 3-1 out of a seven game series. One critic had the Bulls losing the series in five games. Jordan happened to see this critic and said, “I’m gonna take care of you now.” With seconds to go in the 4th quarter the Bulls are down 99-100. Jordan hits what people dub “the shot” to win the series to advance to the finals. 

Another great moment in the show is when the Bulls take on the Bad Boy Pistons. The Pistons weren’t the most talented team but they most certainly were the most physical team ever. The Bulls had lost to this team twice in a row in the playoffs to send them home. Jordan was taking a physical beating. The Pistons had the “Jordan rule.” This rule was that if Jordan entered the paint to foul him hard. Jordan was tired of the beatings he was taking year after year from the Pistons. Michael decided enough was enough and to distribute the pain instead of take it. Jordan put on fifteen pounds during the offseason, and he pushed his team to get in the weight room. The Bulls were a powerhouse now. Next season they faceoffed with the Pistons in the playoffs again. The Bulls dominated the court in transition offense and defense. They also dominated the halfcourt game as well. The Bulls ended up taking the series, and the Pistons walked off the court without shaking hands with the Bulls. This is a prime example of what it takes to be truly great. 

The reviews on the series so far are outstanding. Rotten Tomatoes gave the series a 97% while IMDb rated the show a 9.5/10. My personal review is that this show is a 10/10 and here’s why. The show is interesting at all times. The drama in the back makes you want to know more about what’s going on, and the action packed highlights of the games are thrilling. The show makes you want to know more about what’s happening with everything. This is The Last Dance.