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‘The Last Dance’ game-winning shot to secure win for Netflix

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In this file photo, with fans reaching for a touch, Michael Jordan steps into the spotlight as he’s introduced for the Bulls’ 5th NBA Championships ring ceremony on Nov. 1, 1997, at the United Center. ESPN recently relased a 10-part-series, “The Last Dance,” on Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls.

Director Jason Heir shot nothing but net when directing this spectacular docuseries.

The Last Dance is a sports documentary based on Michael Jordan’s career and the rise of the Chicago Bulls dynasty.

The documentary features behind the scene footage following Jordan and the Chicago Bulls every move along with interviews from teammates of Jordan, Phil Jackson, his rivals on the court, and his long ongoing battle with the media.

Heir did a fabulous job directing and creating this series from beginning to end.

It is a stunningly revamped look at the legacy and inner dark side of one of the greatest sports teams of all time.

What separates this sports documentary from others is how we get to see Bull players from the 1980s-1990s era along with other basketball legends of that time, who speak on a certain game or topic and tell their story on the actions that took place.

You don’t get to hear and see Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson all on the same show talking about one team or one player. You just don’t.

Surprising interviews you also get to see from this great documentary is president Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

If you’re going to make a documentary series about one of the most beloved sports franchises of all time, you really should aim to jump as high as its star did every night he was on the court.

Michael Jordan is the main focus through every episode in this series.

Its focus is on how he treated his teammates on and off the court, to how his own shoe brand became a million dollar company, and how Jordan dealt with the media breathing down his neck and always keeping a camera on him.

Jordan was never scared to tell the truth in front of the camera about anything or anyone.

The camera captured his aggression and trash talk mainly towards his younger teammates who messed up or couldn’t execute a play like he can.

Calm down Michael. Not every player can perform like you can.

From the late ’80s till the late ’90s, Jordan was one of the most powerful athletes in the world and he seemed to actively avoid any sort of cause that could be deemed political.

Even Obama gives his opinion and advice on Jordan’s silence in regards to politics late in the series.

To this day, Jordan is not the one to talk politics with. Unless it’s basketball politics that is.

If you haven’t watched The Last Dance yet, go watch it right now.

The episodes might seem a bit long but many of you may have nothing to do during quarantine anyway.

When you’re watching the Bulls win their sixth championship, remember you can’t see any footage like this anywhere.

Shout out to Netflix for finally adding an entertaining sports documentary series.

It feels appropriate that the biggest star in the history of basketball would get the biggest documentary about this sport to date. MJ wouldn’t have accepted anything less.

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About the Contributor
Keanu Ruffo, Sports Editor
Keanu Ruffo is a Journalism major and is the returning Sports Editor for Talon Marks news division here at Cerritos College. Keanu plans to transfer to Cal State Long Beach once’s he’s received his AA degree. His career goal is to work for the NFL Network or ESPN.
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‘The Last Dance’ game-winning shot to secure win for Netflix