This Michael Jordan Documentary Shines a Light for All that Need it
By: Danny Cacace
“The Last Dance” will bring the newcomer fans of the NBA up to speed with Michael Jordan’s greatness and it is also going to benefit charities Jordan supports.
According to si.com, “$0, the amount Jordan will bank from The Last Dance. He’s donating his entire share of the proceeds, which should reach at least $3 million to $4 million to charitable causes.”
“The Last Dance” is a 10-part documentary on Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls. It shows the build up before that team came to be and all the dysfunction that team went through to secure their final championship with Jordan.
In the six episodes released so far, each one has shown the kind of player Jordan was all about. Jordan is arguably the NBA’s greatest player of all time, and this documentary is proving why he gets that recognition by many.
In episode one, it details how the general manager of time for the Bulls, Jerry Krause, was a big reason for the Bull’s turmoil over the years that led into their final championship run in ‘98. It showed Jordan’s rise to stardom when he was drafted in 1984 and how he took over the team in his rookie season.
It also showed Krause looking to rebuild the team for the future as the team was not getting any younger, Scottie Pippen wanting out of Chicago and Phil Jackson was leaving the team after that season which built up the friction the team did not need at the moment.
As said in the documentary, “We’re entitled to defend what we have until we lose it, Jordan stated after securing the championship in the ‘97 season.
“If we lose it, then you look at it and change. Rebuilding? No one is guaranteeing rebuilding is going to be two, three, four, five years. The Cubs have been rebuilding 42 years. If you want to look at this from a business thing, have a sense of respect for the people who have laid the groundwork so you could be a profitable organization.”
I do not see any lies being told there, why break something that’s not broken yet? However, Krause was looking ahead which one can’t necessarily blame him for doing so. It is his job, but when you assemble one of the greatest teams of all time, why would you create dysfunction so early in the season when the season has not been lost yet?
Jordan and that Bulls team proved to Krause that they were capable of winning that sixth championship and that is what they did.
Jordan’s resilience and perseverance was shown throughout this entire documentary so far and was shown best in episode six of the documentary. In that episode, it was told how Jordan was “relieved” when he won against Charles Barkley and the Phoenix Suns in the 1993 NBA Finals to win their first three-peat.
This was due to all the minutes he has played, the millions of questions the media has thrown his way, and all the attention he’s been getting on and off the court over the prior years from that season.
In that episode as well, it showed Jordan’s gambling addiction, and how it wasn’t necessarily a problem for him. In an interview with sports journalist Ahmad Rashad right before the 1993 NBA finals where Jordan was wearing dark sunglasses during the interview, he said “I have a competition problem.”
He betted on everything he could, he even played a game of quarters with a Chicago Bulls security guard before a game. Jordan made a bet with the security guard when they played the game of quarters in which Jordan lost that bet.
In episode five, the 1992 NBA Finals was talked about where Clyde Drexler and the Portland Trailblazers went up against the Chicago Bulls. It was said that Jordan was being compared to Drexler and he took offense to that, and showed that he was beyond the level that Drexler was at.
Jordan made sure no one was above him, and proved it in that series against the Trailblazers, finishing with 35.8 points per game and 6.5 assists per game.
Jordan had a strong will to win and was determined to take down anyone on the court he felt was in his way. Jordan did everything he could to prove why he was the best in the world, and was willing to do anything it takes to help his team win games and championships.