and ESPN’s ‘The Last Dance’ has been one of the year’s biggest television
highlights so far, engaging basketball and non-basketball fans alike with its
parallel showcase of both the final chapter in the Chicago Bulls second NBA ‘three-peat’
in 1998 and the path that led them there, beginning with their drafting of
Michael Jordan in 1984.
takes centre stage across the series’ ten episodes, with his career on the
court and his life off of it, including topics such as his brief baseball
career, his gambling problems and the tragic murder of his father, covered in
great detail with footage, interviews and insight from a variety of
personalities. These range from legends of the game such as Magic Johnson and
Larry Bird to two former presidents in the form of Bill Clinton and Barack
series hasn’t been without controversy, as the centricity on Jordan at the
expense of the rest of the team and his creative control over its content has
aggrieved several of his former teammates, even those who appear extensively
throughout the series such as Scottie Pippen.
of this, however, the series has proved to be a huge hit, scoring sizable
viewing figures and siting in the 90s on both Metacritic and RottenTomatoes. A
sequel of sorts focused on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots has been
mooted, but here are some more European-focused sporting stories we’d love to
see shared with the world.