The much-anticipated Michael Jordan docuseries The Last Dance finally premiered on Netflix and boy has it got the world talking.
Reacting to the ESPN-produced documentary without dropping spoilers is incredibly difficult.
The two episodes of the 10-part series were released on Sunday 19 April PST (that would be Monday for South Africa) and the world of sports and entertainment has not stopped talking about it.
The Last Dance: The short version of what it’s about
It seems as if we have yet to get to the real meat of Jordan’s career finish and what it really looked like behind the glitz and glamour.
This is evidenced by the iconic NBA star’s recent comments about how people may have a different view of him once they’ve watched the entire documentary.
“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,” he said in an interview with The Athletic.
Netflix was smart in breaking down a story of this depth into 10 episodes, released in pairs every week. On Sunday, the series debuted two episodes which looked at the peak ’97-’98 NBA season, where Jordan, clad in his iconic no.23 jersey, was at the summit of his greatness.
A basic no-spoiler synopsis of what this week’s episodes are about
Here’s a no-spoiler synopsis of each episode taken from Netflix:
Flashbacks chronicle Michael Jordan’s college and early NBA days. The Bulls make a preseason trip to Paris amid tension with GM Jerry Krause
Scottie Pippen rises from obscurity to become one of the NBA’s best players. An injury early in Michael’s career sows distrust with Bulls management.
How celebrities reacted to The Last Dance
Those with in-depth knowledge of how competitive basketball was at the time, would have had their eyes glued to the screens to pick out clues to why things fell apart for the star at the Chicago Bulls.
You may or may not come across spoilers in these celebrity reactions but these were the thoughts of some of them: