A New Documentary Will Show Michael Jordan Raw & Uncut (Video)

Widely considered the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan’s life on and off the court is quite well documented. However, an upcoming 10-part “30 For 30” documentary series titled The Last Dance will put a spotlight specifically on Mike’s sixth and final championship with the Chicago Bulls in 1997-1998. The project was announced in May, and ESPN reported that the show would premiere in 2019. However, according to ESPN, there is a new release date for 2020.

The teaser states, “A film crew was granted unprecedented access all season long,” while the initial press release boasted that the series was “Anchored by more than 500 hours of never-before-seen footage.” The team drama and internal rivalries that were going on behind-the-scenes are on full display within this 60-second spot. Viewers are treated to snatches of interviews with the Bulls’ other All-Star players from that era like Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Steve Kerr, and Bulls coach Phil Jackson.

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Michael Jordan retired for a time after cementing the second “three-peat” in the team’s six championships. Pippen, Jackson, and Rodman all left following that iconic run. From its trailer, the doc’ examines the tensions between Dennis and Scottie, Rodman’s brief, inexplicable exit from the Bulls to wrestle Hulk Hogan, and Jordan’s competitive nature beyond hoops.

Nonetheless, it’s the comments by MJ himself that are the most intriguing. Most fans are well aware that he is extremely competitive, but to hear it from the horse’s mouth is always captivating. Towards the end of the preview, Mike admits to trash-talking to teammates, “I’ma ridicule you ’til you get on the same level with me.” He then makes a statement that goes a long way to explaining his NBA dominance, “My mentality was to go out and win…at any cost.”

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“30 For 30” was co-created by Bill Simmons. Previously, documentaries in the series have examined Michael Jordan’s year playing professional baseball (“Jordan Rides The Bus”), Mike Tyson’s friendship with Tupac Shakur (“One Night In Vegas”), and Ric Flair (“Nature Boy”).