He was chosen to be the GOAT, From Magic to D-Wade to Tristan Thompson and Rudy Gobert, NBA Player Twitter Explodes Over First Episodes of ‘The Last Dance’

Written by: Haley Graves – April 21st, 2020 12:17pm pst

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The much anticipated documentary with never-before-seen footage of the final season of Michael Jordan’s career with the Chicago Bulls premiered Sunday on ESPN. 

‘The Last Dance’ wasn’t saved in this instance since the docu-series was initially set to air in June during the NBA Finals. However, sports junkies around the world are praising the decision to move the release forward. Since the NBA went on a hiatus in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fans were aching for any kind of basketball action. 

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Even action that has already written itself. Although, the show was created with such anticipation and such a unique format that the audience feels as though they’re awaiting a TV series finale. The first two episodes did nothing less than leaving fans craving more. 

“Fans” also include high-profile celebrities, who took to twitter to discuss the coveted series. 

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Los Angeles great, Magic Johnson, compared Michael Jordan to Michael Jackson and Beyonce. He tweeted praise for the show and also said that young fans who never had the opportunity to see MJ play can now better understand why he’s the greatest of all time (G.O.A.T) of basketball. 

He actually took things further by tweeting,”For me? Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson and Beyonce are the three greatest entertainers of my lifetime…” 

Current NBA stars were equally excited. Utah Jazz star, Donovan Mitchell, tweeted “Anybody else just sitting on the couch trynna figure out how to go on with your night” which shockingly was the most accurate feeling majority felt after the first two episodes. 

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo is already looking forward to next Sunday while 76ers forward Tobias Harris referred to part 1 as the “best 2 hours of quarantine”, and Dallas Mavericks’ Jalan Brunson tweeted “I’ve never been so excited to watch something.”

And, just as Magic Johnson said, this document is allowing a younger generation who grew up on the likes of Kobe Bryant and Lebron James – while each incredible as well – an opportunity to understand why so many claim Michale Jordan is the GOAT. 

Even Dwayne Wade, close friend and former teammate to the 2000s GOAT Lebron James, said “Man MJ had it! He had that “IT” He was chosen to be the GOAT”. 

Portland Trail Blazers point guard tweeted “Mike really was different different.”

Meanwhile, many others found inspiration from Scottie Pippen’s – Jordan’s right-hand-man and number two on the court – story. 

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson was glad that Scottie was getting the respect he deserves while Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert claimed Pippen’s impact on that team is still underrated.

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum broke it down the best, tweeting about how Pippen started off as an equipment manager of his D2 NAIA school, “finessed” his way onto the team and a scholarship which led to being the fifth overall pick in the NBA draft and later a Hall of Famer. The third year player finished with saying, “Don’t matter where you go. Work on your fame. They will find you.”

For the next four Sundays, ESPN will release two episodes a week airing at 9 p.m. ET and on Netflix starting at midnight ET each week.

About The Author:

Haley Graves is a host at AfterBuzz TV. She co-hosts on the panels for NBC’s This Is Us, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and CW’s Legacies.

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