Last night marked the premiere of the first episode in the new docuseries focused on Michael Jordan. Entitled The Last Dance, the first episode gave some new information about the state of the Bulls before Jordan.
The first episode spent time looking at Jordan’s transition from the University of North Carolina to becoming the leader of the franchise that selected him in the 1984 NBA draft.
Prior to selecting Jordan, the Bulls were just 27-55 the season before, and were described as a “traveling cocaine circus” in the episode.
When asked about his thoughts and reactions to this, his answer was typical Jordan:
“I walk in and practically the whole team was in there. And it was like, things I’ve never seen in my life, you know, as a young kid. You got your lines over here, you got your weed smokers over here, you got your women over here. So the first thing I said, ‘look man, I’m out.’ Because all I can think about is if they come and raid this place, right about now, I am just as guilty as everyone else that’s in this room. And from that point on, I was more or less on my own.”
It probably would have been easy for the team to look down on the new rookie who doesn’t want to get involved in their actions, but in the end, they went on to 14 straight playoff appearances and six championships, with Jordan being known as one of, if not the, best basketball player in history.
If the first episode is anything to go off of, the rest of the series will be a great look into the mystique that has always surrounded Jordan in his Hall of Fame career.
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