I finally had a chance to catch episodes 3 and 4 of The Last Dance docu-series. Although it was quite enthralling, as it felt like I had just sat down in my recliner and the next thing I know , the credit were rolling for episode 4, it was not with out fault.
What I liked:
The Phil Jackson episode
The Phil Jackson portion of the evening was masterfully done. A sizeable chunk of today’s younger basketball fan probably did not know that not only did he play in the NBA, but was a contributor on two championship-winning teams. Once again, the producers showed they did their homework by really delving into Phil’s background, playing footage from his college days and early coaching days in Puerto Rico and in the CBA. I love this expositional approach because Phil Jackson is thought of as the coach of the Bulls and the Lakers, but it was both enlightening and refreshing to highlight those steps and defining moments that shaped a legend.
What I didn’t like:
Not enough Dennis Rodman history
I loved the Dennis Rodman episode , do not get me wrong, I will likely re-watch it many times, but it left me wanting for more of Rodman’s backstory to be told. Rodman’s path to college basketball ball and the NBA was one of the more improbable and one that was deserving than the passing reference it was given. Frankly, I thought The Bad Boys documentary did a much better job of chronicling Rodman’s history.
The footage of Jerry Krause dancing was hilarious and will simultaneously occupy my nightmares.