Three big takeaways from ‘The Last Dance,’ detailing Michael Jordan’s last season in the NBA
ESPN’s “The Last Dance” concluded with episodes 9 and 10 Sunday night, bringing an “end” to Michael Jordan’s final chapter in the NBA. As what will go down as one of the best documentaries in history, it didn’t fail to live up to its expectations.
Episode 9 opens with the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals series between the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers. It continued with a few interesting details and moves back and forth with the conference finals matchup and the 1997 NBA Finals between the Bulls and Utah Jazz.
It detailed “The Flu Game” and then proceeds to the Bulls beating the Jazz to win its fifth NBA Championship in 1997, with Steve Kerr hitting the big shot in Game 6. The episode concludes with Game 7 of the 1998 conference finals.
The 10th and final episode of the documentary begins with Michael’s preparation of the 1998 NBA Finals series against Utah. And then details one last Dennis Rodman story in which he left the Bulls in the middle of the 1998 NBA Finals to appear on TNT’s Monday Night Nitro, a popular wrestling show at the time.
The episode continues with Game 6 and details the back injury that Scottie Pippen was dealing with. Pippen eventually returned to the game but was clearly limited to the injury. As they had time and time again, the Bulls found a way in Game 6. Jordan gets “The Steal” and hits “The Shot” to cement Chicago’s sixth NBA Championship.
The documentary concludes with the end of a dynasty and a historic career for Michael Jordan.
Here are the three biggest takeaways from the final two episodes.