The Last Dance Review | Episode 03 and Episode 04

As we did last week, we continued with the The Last Dance documentary review. This time we break down Episode Three and Episode Four with a long time friend Mario Broussard who is a co-host himself on another TV show called Let’s Pray

The focus in the latest two episodes were about Phil Jackson, Dennis Rodman, and how they came together in order to facilitate the 1997-1998 Chicago Bulls championship run.

Before Rodman and Jordan shared a court, they were opponents: Rodman was a member of the Detroit Pistons, the hard playing bad boys who kept the Bulls from advancing to the NBA finals for several years. 

The Jordan Rules

Episodes three and four of “The Last Dance” focused heavily on the rivalry between the Bulls and the Pistons, flashing way back to the days before Jordan won his first title. That rivalry between the Bulls and Pistons hasn’t cooled over the decades. 

The Last Dance | The Jordan Rules
DETROIT – 1989: Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls drives to basket against the Detroit Pistons during the 1989 season NBA game in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 1989 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jordan began weight training after that 1990 loss, building up his body to better survive the scrum that he knew was going to come in the postseason when the two teams would meet again. For the 1990-91 season, things were different. The Bulls took down Detroit in four straight games, sweeping their longtime nemesis. In that final game, with time still left on the clock, most of the Detroit stars simply walked off the court, not shaking hands with Jordan and his Bulls.

Detroit star Isiah Thomas tried to explain the behavior in the documentary, saying that’s how things were done in those days. Jordan is asked to watch Thomas explain himself—but he remains visibly upset by the move.

“You can show me anything you want,” he says. “There’s no way you can’t convince me he wasn’t an asshole.”

The fire still burns strong, nearly 29 years later.

The show ends with Jordan’s first title, won against Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers. The clips of Jordan in his prime are amazing, stunning, a reminder of how great this man was when he was king of the court. 

Jordan and the Bulls capture their first championship in franchise history (June, 1991)
Michael Jordan holding first championship

Episodes 5 and 6 debut next Sunday.

You’ll Also Learn

  • What we think of Michael Jordan’s mental strength
  • Did Scottie really have a migraine?
  • Isiah Thomas’ lie
  • Dennis Rodman’s mental health was a big problem
  • Carmen Electra was THE story

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