ESPN Fast-Tracks Michael Jordan Documentary ‘The Last Dance’ To Give Sports Fans Something to Cheer About

For NBA fans, April was meant to signal the beginning of playoff season, but COVID-19 came and slapped that shit down like Dikembe Mutombo at the rim, finger-waving and all. In fact, it’s been a pretty sombre affair for sports fans across the globe, devoid of any statistics, trades or firings that off-seasons are usually chock-full of. But even in the midst of NBA despair, a familiar hero has once again emerged to jolt us back into fandom. His name is Michael Jordan and he is undoubtedly the greatest.

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Michael Jordan Documentary - The Last Dance

On Tuesday, ESPN announced that it would be fast-tracking the premiere of its hotly-anticipated Michael Jordan documentary to April, much to the delight of fans. ‘The Last Dance’ was filmed way back in 1997 and tells the story of Jordan’s final championship season with the Chicago Bulls. The content comes from a series of recordings made when Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and head coach Phil Jackson agreed to let a film crew follow the team. Behind the scenes footage of the GOAT in his GOAT season? Get outta here.

“As society navigates this time without live sports, viewers are still looking to the sports world to escape and enjoy a collective experience. We’ve heard the calls from fans asking us to move up the release date for this series, and we’re happy to announce that we’ve been able to accelerate the production schedule to do just that,” ESPN said in a statement. “This project celebrates one of the greatest players and dynasties ever, and we hope it can serve as a unifying entertainment experience to fill the role that sports often play in our lives, telling a story that will captivate everyone, not just sports fans.”

Michael Jordan Documentary - The Last Dance

‘The Last Dance’ Michael Jordan documentary fixates on the tumultuous 1997-98 season, but also shares some intimate moments from the basketball legend’s childhood. Viewers will learn about the Bulls’ dire circumstances before his arrival and how the team was built after drafting him in 1984, all the way through to the struggles that eventually led to the team’s first NBA championship. While you can follow the Bulls’ first five championships, the biggest insights come through the explanation of the off-court challenges, struggles and triumphs that were a part of the culture-shifting phenomenon created by Jordan and the Bulls.

“Michael Jordan and the ‘90s Bulls weren’t just sports superstars, they were a global phenomenon,” said director Jason Hehir. “Making ‘The Last Dance’ was an incredible opportunity to explore the extraordinary impact of one man and one team. For nearly three years, we searched far and wide to present the definitive story of an era-defining dynasty and to present these sports heroes as humans. I hope viewers enjoy watching our series as much as we enjoyed the opportunity to make it.”

The long-awaiting Michael Jordan documentary, ‘The Last Dance’ will premiere on Sunday, April 19 at 9pm ET on ESPN.

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