Last Updated on April 21, 2020

The highly anticipated premiere of ESPN/Netflix’s 10-part documentary: “The Last Dance” finally debuted Sunday evening.

 

“The Last Dance” ESPN TV Schedule

  • Sunday, April 19, 9 p.m. ET — Episodes 1 and 2.
  • Sunday, April 26, 9 p.m. ET — Episodes 3 and 4.
  • Sunday, May 3, 9 p.m. ET — Episodes 5 and 6.
  • Sunday, May 10, 9 p.m. ET — Episodes 7 and 8.
  • Sunday, May 17, 9 p.m. ET — Episodes 9 and 10.

Fans all over the country tuned in for what felt like must-watch live entertainment since sports was still on television. For those who missed it, or want to re-live the first two episodes, here are the key storylines everyone is talking about.

1. Jerry Krause

The General Manager throughout the Jordan Bulls dynasty quickly has become the Carol Baskin-type villain of the documentary. Right from the beginning, Krause felt like he hadn’t received the credit he felt he deserved for his role in the run of championships, leading to resentment towards his star players and coach.

 

2. Michael Jordan… The Most Competitive Person on Earth

Michael’s competitive streak was legendary. While returning from injury early on in his career, Jordan was told he had a 10% of re-injuring his leg and perhaps ending his soon-to-be GOAT career. While most would play it safe, MJ said he wanted to go with the 90%…

 

3. Michael and Scottie

Scottie Pippen was essential to the Bulls dynasty. Even MJ admitted freely that his name should always be associated in the conversation with him.

Pippen was vastly underpaid for his contributions during the team. While he bared some responsibility for signing an incredibly team friendly seven-year deal in 1991, he was outworking his contract by a mile and then some.

 

4. Playoff MJ

With MJ putting the Bulls on his back to reach the playoffs in the 1986 season, they faced a first round matchup against the top-seeded Boston Celtics. While the Bulls lost the series, Michael’s 49 points in Game 1 and 63 in Game 2 led the Celtics Hall of Famer Larry Bird to believe he was seeing more than a mortal figure on the court.

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