The Last Dance is now on Netflix. This 10 episode documentary follows Michael Jordan and the dominating Bulls in the Nineties. Not only does it look at the players, but also looks at the coaching, staff, front office, fans and families of many of the players. I got into sports in general in the late eighties and nineties. The Bulls run was early on in my teen years. I didn’t have a favorite basketball team at the time and the Bulls seemed too good to hop on the bandwagon. It was easy to see right from the get go the talent the Bulls had and they were going to be the team to beat, so I left the Bulls alone.
Being from upstate New York it wasn’t a given to be a Knicks fan. I was as close to Boston as I was to New York so the Celtics would have made sense, but I fell in love with Barkley and the Phoenix Suns. I love Barkley and the team just grew on me. There were many battles throughout the nineties between these 2 teams but Jordan and the Bulls always got the best of them in the end, including one very important finals game. Looking back now and watching The Last Dance puts highlights and puts the times into perspective and what this team was made up of and how hard the best players in the world were because they worked their asses off to become the top NBA players. These were kids that were self driven to be better, to work harder, and to succeed at the top level. MJ was their motivator. He was a fierce competitor. He never backed down from a challenge and actually thrived and made everyone around him strive to be better and to compete at the highest level possible.
There is always a debate on who is the NBA GOAT. Jordan came into a franchise that was pretty much non existent and instantly had an impact on the team. He took the team to 6 NBA championships and over came so much along the way. He carried the team, the franchise, the city, and the world on his shoulders. If they lost a game he held himself personally responsible. I yelled at players and pushed them to be better, but he never pointed a finger at another player and said we lost because of you, he always put the blame on himself and for that reason he is the greatest of all time player. I love nineties basketball and the Last Dance transported me back to a simpler time in life, and really brought a whole new perspective to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. If you have not had a chance to watch this series make some time, this one is pure gold. Be sure and join in the conversation AFTER THE JUMP!