Why you should watch the Last Dance

Cooper Nelson, Staff Writer

The Last Dance is a documentary filmed by ESPN and Netflix about Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. Don’t know who that is? Good. Watch the documentary. Familiar with Mr. Jordan? The answer remains the same. Watch the documentary.

The documentary showcases never before seen footage of Jordan and his Chicago Bulls during his time there. This kind of media access was unprecedented and led to some pretty awesome footage being captured.

At the time of its release, the goal of the documentary was to solidify Michael Jordan as the greatest basketball player of all time, over his modern day rival LeBron James. As an avid basketball fan myself this debate is often at the forefront of my mind. While I tried best not to let this one-sided documentary sway my thoughts on the issue, I will say this. Michael Jordan was one bad man.

No I don’t mean evil or malicious. I mean that is the guy I want on my team every single time. Would I follow Michael Jordan into battle after watching this documentary? Probably. That should tell you something. He is a genuine, cool dude. And did I mention he was pretty good at basketball. I never got to see him play with my own eyes but in the clips in the documentary you can feel the kind of energy he brings to the floor. His athletic ability, basketball IQ, and exceptional leadership skills made him and his squad nearly unstoppable.

This all took place long before my time so if nothing else I find it fascinating to watch the documentary just to see what life was like during the 90’s.

My favorite thing about the documentary is that it shows that Michael Jordan, once the most popular man on the face of the earth, is just a normal person like you and me. Just like us every morning he woke up and put on his pants the same exact way. It was the way in which he lived and the expectation of excellence that he had that helped him to become a name larger than life.  In closing, watch the documentary.