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Brian Miller
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Posted: 21 April 2020 at 7:06pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

New doc on ESPN highlighting Jordanís last season with the Bulls. This
is fantastic.
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Matt Reed
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Posted: 24 April 2020 at 2:44am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

On the DVR.  Looking forward to it!
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 24 April 2020 at 5:43am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Iím on the edge of my seat waiting for Sunday night.
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 24 April 2020 at 10:52am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Epic.
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 24 April 2020 at 11:17am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I just saw that Ep 3 will focus on Rodman.
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Wilson Mui
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Posted: 24 April 2020 at 12:59pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I have watched the first two episodes to
see what the hype was about. So far, there
hasn't been anything that wasn't discussed
in Roland Lazenby's book on MJ.
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 24 April 2020 at 2:53pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Youíre the second person that Iíve seen mention this book. I need to
get it.
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Rick Senger
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Most of the broad strokes have been well reported, but as someone who lived in Chicago for Jordan's first four seasons and closely followed him, it was great to see so many highlights from those early years. Back then Jordan was already incredibly dominant but still figuring out the team game and finding his way as the losses piled up. Many forget he nearly lost his entire second season over an early injury that led Bulls management to transparently attempt to tank into the lottery but Jordan (who secretly practiced himself into game shape against management doctor's advice and risking career-threatening injury) forced his way back into the lineup. His ridiculous late play eked the Bulls into the last playoff spot. The Bulls got swept that year in the first round so that whole chapter is rarely discussed (plus they lost a lottery pick) but I've long felt that was the year Jordan morphed from highlight reel dynamo into a player hungry to find ways to win no matter the cost / risk. His 63 in game two of the playoffs remains the most electric playoff performance I've ever seen. It still took him years to build those terrible early Bulls teams into the powerhouse dynasty Chicago became but for me it all began with that refusal to lie down in season two. Also great to see Stan Albeck's awful hair again after all this time.
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 24 April 2020 at 4:02pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Thatís how Iím experiencing it, Rick. Iím a Celtics fan, (and yes, I vividly
remember the 63-point playoff game) but Iím also a Tar Heel fan and it
was that championship game that made me one. So, Iíve been
following Jordan for a long time. Itís wonderful fun seeing all these clips
from the older material. God, seeing Bird, McHale and Ainge was so
great.
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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 25 April 2020 at 6:32pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Great so far. Love reliving this era.
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 27 April 2020 at 1:57pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Parts 3 and 4 were even better. Rodman was an entertaining walk down bizarro lane and what a pleasure to relive the Bulls / Bad Boys battles and MJ's ultimate breakthrough in the 1991 Finals over LA. The only thing I wish they'd mentioned was Worthy and Scott's freak series-ending collision injuries in game 4, which insured Michael's first title. As hard as MJ weight trained to get past Detroit, he really kept pouring it on after that title and I think some of that was to remove any doubt that the Bulls won because the Lakers had lost two all star starters. It's no coincidence that the year after their title when most champs might be less hungry, the Bulls won six more games in the regular season and captured their second title on their way to six in eight years.

But going into the 1991 Finals, Jordan was seven years in with zero titles and Magic already had his five and seemed invincible. As good as the Bulls were, the Lakers were prohibitive favorites and their W in game one in Chicago had everyone convinced LA would win easily. For me it was MJ's "spectacular move" in game two going up for a dunk and switching to his left hand midair to lay it in that underlined the Bulls' blow-out / announcement that this wasn't a team that was going away.

It's unusual how they're juxtaposing the early MJ Bulls years against the progression of the "Last Dance" season rather than using a more straightforward linear approach. It's not a choice I would have even considered but those early failures and gradual improvements / successes are at times instructive in informing the strange twists of that final incredibly challenging season.
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 28 April 2020 at 7:52am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I never want this to end.

Oh, and I fucking hate the Pistons.
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