‘The Last Dance’ finished up on ESPN last night and recency bias is likely making me say this, but it was one of the best pieces of entertainment I’ve ever seen. Movie, show, documentary, game, doesn’t matter. It was amazing.
I really loved getting to see Michael Jordan’s alpha-attitude. It’s not something that really exists in today’s game, and even where it does it’s not to this extent. You’ll see maybe a few shoves here and there, but for the most part the trash talk (that the fans know of) takes place on social media. Hearing MJ say things like “I never asked anybody to do something I didn’t do myself” makes me wanna build a brick wall just to run through.
But I think the most shocking moment to me came at the very end of episode 10. MJ explained how not getting another chance to win with the second three-peat team (Jackson, Pippen, Rodman, Kerr, etc) still eats at him to this day. He would have signed and convinced others to sign one-year contracts so that they could run it back for Title #7. It didn’t work out, seemingly because Phil said no, and MJ retired again.
Let me get this straight. Michael Jordan won SIX titles, 5 MVPs, 10 scoring titles, and has more money than he knows what to do with, and he still feels like he could have done more. That blows my mind, probably because I, and nobody else ever, has the mentality that MJ does. Like at what point does this man relax. I can’t fathom that MJ lies awake at night not thinking about the shots he hit, the money he made, or the championships he already won, but rather about the ones he could’ve. And it pisses him off that he didn’t.
It was one of the more shocking reveals of the series to me, especially based on how at peace he seemed with retiring from basketball after the first three-peat, and how at peace the team seemed after finishing their ‘Last Dance’. But I guess there’s nothing worse than a ‘What If’.
On another note, you definitely see why MJ was such a big gambler. Wanting Title #7 two decades later is the “just one more game” mindset coming out.