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Netflix Releases Documentary About Michael Jordan's Final Season With The Chicago Bulls

Dominic Smithers

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Netflix Releases Documentary About Michael Jordan's Final Season With The Chicago Bulls

A new documentary about Michael Jordan's final season with the Chicago Bulls has landed on Netflix.

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The Last Dance follows the sporting legend's rise to the very top of the sport, culminating in the team's fight for the 1997/98 NBA championship - an iconic season for both Jordan and the Bulls, who went on to claim their sixth title in eight years.

The 10-part series includes never-before-seen interviews and locker room footage and explores just what it took the Bulls' star player and his teammates to the win the championship.

Speaking in the doc, former bulls centre Will Perdue offers an insight into the Jordan's mental strength and utter focus on winning.

He says: "Everybody knows and has the picture in their mind where we beat Cleveland on that last shot [in the 1989 playoffs] and he [Jordan] is punching the air and he's all excited.

The Last Dance follows Jordan's final season with the Chicago Bulls. Credit: Netflix
The Last Dance follows Jordan's final season with the Chicago Bulls. Credit: Netflix

"That's who we knew. The competitive Michael Jordan, the win at all costs Michael Jordan. Sometimes we questioned whether he was human, whether he had feelings. [He was] just a guy who was focused on one thing and one thing only.

"The only emotion we had ever seen out of him was anger or frustration. We were literally stunned to see those emotions [of Jordan crying in the locker room]."

After having watched the new series, Jordan admitted that he was worried about what fans would think about his behaviour.

Speaking to The Athletic, the 57-year-old said there were some scenes that didn't sit too well with him.

He told the publication: "When people see this footage I'm not sure they're going to be able to understand why I was so intense, why I did the things I did, why I acted the way I acted, and why I said the things I said.

However, so far, the reviews that have come in for the series have been about as positive as you could imagine.

The Chicago Tribune's Phil Rosenthal wrote: "It's both a perfect diversion and a tribute to shared sacrifice."

CNN's Brian Lowry added: "The Last Dance is an intoxicating trip into the way-back machine. More broadly, though, the project is a thoughtful look at the costs associated with stardom and how they've evolved in the modern sports era, particularly in the NBA."

TV Guide's Liam Mathews said: "The limited series is as complete a portrait of Michael Jordan's extraordinary basketball career as fans will ever get."

The first two episodes of The Last Dance are available on Netflix now. The rest of the series will air over the following four Mondays.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: SPORT, Interesting, US News, US Entertainment, Netflix

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