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Phil Rosenthal: We watched 1st 8 episodes of ESPNs 10-part Last Dance documentary on 1997-98 Bulls and its exactly what sports fans need

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Michael Jordan’s greatness was on full display last night.

ESPN’s eagerly-anticipated 10-part documentary, The Last Dance, about Michael Jordan and the 1997-1998 Chicago Bulls championship premiered last night on ESPN. The series was initially scheduled to be released in June but was pushed forward as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the entire world into their homes and in front of their televisions.

Last night, millions of people watched ESPN for two of the most riveting hours of sports programming that we’ve seen in a socially-distant month. Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen, Stever Kerr, former owner Jerry Reinsdorf and others laid their experiences bare and the results were awe-inspiring, hilarious, shocking, and a whole gamut of varying emotions.

If you didn’t watch it we’ve done you the favor of compiling some highlights and Twitter reactions.

Without question one of the best moments of the two episodes was the above montage of MJ going absolutely apeshit against Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics in the playoffs.

One of the most shocking moments of the night was listening to #23 react to a team nickname that he claims he’s never heard before…

Another much-talked-about moment was the piss poor contract that Scottie Pippen signed that had him making $2.8 million per year while Mike was making $33.1 million per year. That kind of wage disparity had several people looking at The Bulls funny in the light.

Several people, including ESPN’s Bomani Jones, pushed back on the idea that Pippen was done dirty by the Bulls.

Stephen A. Smith chimed in on the debate on First Take this morning.


This was an incredible start to what should be an explosive and highly entertaining series with eight episodes left.


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