By Cole Gross
As a fan of the Chicago Bulls and being born in 1994, I do not have much recollection of The Last Dance in Chicago. I have been so intrigued in learning and watching Jordan and the Bulls chase one more title in 1997-98.
In this post, I am going to share some some stories and moments from episodes one through four that have stuck out during the documentary.
It was very apparent that Michael Jordan was and still is the best player to ever play professional basketball. The way he could take over games night in and night out against the best competition at a young age was just jaw dropping.
A big surprise for me during the first episode was how big of a villain Jerry Krause was in Chicago. The guy that shaped the franchise to championship level to pretty much splitting up this great team and core that the Bulls had. I believe that Jerry Reinsdorf had something to say about breaking up the team but he did not want to be the villain like Jerry was.
Larry Bird probably dropped the best quote so far in the documentary when describing Michael Jordan and he was not wrong.
“I think he’s God disguised as Michael Jordan,”
This episode was all about “The Worm” aka Dennis Rodman. That guy was a character on and off the court. Rodman and Scottie Pippen did not get a long when Rodman arrived in Chicago right away. Dennis felt like he was picking up the slack for Scottie who missed games and was having contract issues.
Rodman was so frustrated that he wanted to take a 48 hour vacation to Las Vegas that Michael Jordan and Phill Jackson agreed upon. If some player did that today, the national attention would be like no other.
The bad boy Detroit Pistons were a thorn in the Chicago Bulls side. A team that featured one of the best point guards in the NBA, Isiah Thomas. This team would push and shove the Bulls like they were rag dolls. One of there goals when it came to Michael Jordan was to beat the living hell out of him.
After the Bulls finally beat the Pistons in 1991, Detroit walked by the Chicago bench without shaking hands and walked off the court. Jordan and that Bulls team took it personal and do so to this day
I hope you enjoyed some highlights from this great documentary. If you haven’t been tuning in, you are truly missing out.