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ABTV Loves The Last Dance
After five Sunday nights watching arguably the greatest team of any sport in the 1990s, the final two episodes of ESPN’s The Last Dance aired.
Over the course of ten episodes, 5.6 million viewers tuned in to ESPN to relive the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty. This docu-series now holds the record for viewers in ESPN history.
And while these numbers were expected due to COVID-19’s prevention of live sports, it’s not completely hard to imagine that the series could’ve done the same numbers pre-quarantine. In fact, Darren Rovell tweeted on Sunday night “game 6 of the 1998 NBA finals will forever be the most watched basketball game of all time.”
Naturally, it now can be re-watched and re-witnessed over and over again through The Last Dance. While over five million people tuned in to watch Jordan hit “the shot” against the Utah Jazz in 2020, 72 million people – roughly 26% of the American population at the time) watched at least a portion of the game in 1998.
Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals will forever be the most watched basketball game of all time.
And while many are praising and thanking ESPN for the series, we also need to give credit where credit’s due and properly acknowledge Director Jason Hehir for bringing this beautiful documentary into our homes.
NBC’s This Is Us star, Susan Kelechi Watson tuned in to the series and tweeted her praise.
Some may not specifically call him by this nickname, but this entire docu-series sparked up the ever-lasting G.O.A.T (greatest of all time) debate – mostly between current NBA star Lebron James and Michael Jordan – although many would also throw Kobe Byrant into the mix.
Dallas Mavericks fans might consider Dirk Nowitski their G.O.A.T, but the former NBA all-star swayed in a different direction. He even gave the nod to Michael Jordan.
The Last Dance was excellent. I was a huge Bulls fan in the 90s. So many things I never knew or had forgotten about! Mj is the 🐐
One of the biggest head scratchers of these two episodes was realized in episode nine with the discovery of Michael Jordan’s emphamis “food game” actually being a “pizza poison game.”
For over a decade, fans believed Michael Jordan had the flu during game five of the 1997 NBA finals. However, the documentary revealed that a group of five people delivered a pizza to Jordan’s hotel and after eating the entire pizza by himself, Jordan fell ill hours later.
Atlanta Hawks’ star Trae Young used this as a warning.
At least now I know I ain’t eating pizza in Utah anymore😳💯
Kathy Harrison admits that she and her husband have had season tickets to Pacers’ games for forty-four years. She also recalls times where her and Dennis Rodman would exchange words during games while MJ would shake his head and laugh.
All in all, the documentary was something everyone should experience at some point but, I think the two most important questions to wrap were tweeted by Houston Texans’ JJ Watt and Portland Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum.
Watt brought up the solid point of 90’s fashion making a comeback in athletes this season.
Who’s gonna be the first to try to bring back the oversized suit?
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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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