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RECAP | THE LAST DANCE EP.10

28.07.20

RECAP | THE LAST DANCE EP.10

A LOT THAT CAN BE SAID ABOUT A GOOD ENDING TO A STORY. IN THE INSTANCE OF FIGHT CLUB, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD AND SHERLOCK, IT’S THE ENDING THAT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE ON THE WAY SOMETHING IS REMEMBERED. GIVEN ITS IMPACT ON POP CULTURE, FASHION, SNEAKERS AND SPORT, CAN THE LAST DANCE BECOME ONE OF THESE SENSATIONS THAT ENDS ON THE HIGHEST OF NOTES? THE LAST DANCE BECAME SOMETHING THAT SHAPED THE CULTURAL CONVERSATION FOR MONTHS AND HAS FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGED THE WAY THAT AN AUDIENCE CONSUMES AND ENJOYS EVENT TELEVISION. THE WORLD OF SPORTS DOCUMENTARIES IS NOT THE SAME NOW AS IT WAS BEFORE JORDAN DOVE INTO THE VAULT AND IT’S NOW TIME TO UNRAVEL THIS FINAL CHAPTER OF THE LAST DANCE.

BASKETBALL REACHED A CLIMAX EARLIER IN THE EPISODE THAN I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT, BUT THAT’S BECAUSE WHAT WAS TO COME WAS SO STRONG. DESPITE THE EARLY CULMINATION, RELIVING THE FINAL GAMES OF HIS AIRNESS’ WAS A JOY TO WATCH.

BEFORE HE WAS ABLE TO TAKE THE COURT FOR THE FINAL FEW OCCASIONS, MJ HAD SOME SIGNIFICANT OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME. THE FIRST OF WHICH WAS THE INSANE CROWD CHEERING ON A MUCH-IMPROVED JAZZ TEAM THAT SEEMED PRIME TO DETHRONE THE KING IN HIS LAST SHOT AT THE PINNACLE OF THE GAME. THIS TEAM KNEW HOW TO BEAT JORDAN, AS WAS SHOWN IN THE REGULAR SEASON WHEN THEY BEAT THE WORLD CHAMPIONS IN BOTH OF THEIR MEETINGS.

DESPITE THE CROWD AND A JAZZED-UP JAZZ TEAM, THE BULLS MANAGED TO SPLIT THE FIRST TWO GAMES AND FLY BACK TO CHICAGO. THIS IS THE POINT WHERE THEY ONCE AGAIN PROVED THAT THEY WERE A CUT ABOVE THEIR OPPONENTS IN ALL ASPECTS OF THE GAME. SHEER DOMINATION LED TO THE JAZZ SCORING THE LOWEST AMOUNT OF POINTS IN A GAME IN THE SHOT-CLOCK ERA OF THE NBA.

BY SEEMINGLY SKIPPING OVER THE EARLY GAMES OF THE 1998 FINALS IT ADDED EMPHASIS TO THE LATER STAGES THAT THERE WAS A REASON FOR THE EXPEDITED HIGHLIGHT PACKAGES. WHILE VIEWERS KNEW THAT THERE WERE SIX GAMES IN THE SERIES, IT MAY HAVE BEEN A SURPRISE TO MANY TO UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH OF AN EFFORT IT TOOK PIPPEN TO PLAY ALL THE GAMES. WITH A BACK THAT WAS SPASMING ALL THROUGH THE LATER GAMES, ESPECIALLY IN GAME SIX, IT SHOWED JUST HOW TOUGH HE WAS AND HOW BADLY HE WAS CHASING THIS FINAL RING. SCOTTIE WENT FROM THE LETHAL FOLLOW UP TO NOTHING MORE THAN A DECOY. BOTH MJ AND PIPPEN LAUGH ABOUT HOW HE WAS SO AFFECTED BY THE PAIN AND SPENT SIGNIFICANT PORTIONS OF THE GAME IN THE TRAINING ROOM RECEIVING TREATMENT.

TO COMBAT THIS LACK OF IMPACT FROM HIS RIGHT-HAND MAN, JORDAN WENT APPROPRIATELY INSANE ON THE COURT. IN THE LAST 30 SECONDS OF THE GAME MJ DIDN’T MAKE ONE HIGHLIGHT, HE MADE A CONTINUOUS REEL THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED AMONGST THE MOST IMPACTFUL 30 SECONDS OF SPORT EVER PLAYED. THE LAYUP TO BRING THE BULLS BACK TO A ONE-POINT DEFICIT IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWED BY A HUGE STEAL TO GET THE BALL BACK FOR THE BULLS. AT THIS JUNCTURE IT WAS CLEAR TO SEE THAT THERE WAS ONLY ONE OUTCOME. STEPPING TO THE TOP OF THE KEY WITH THE BALL IN HIS HAND, JORDAN ALWAYS HAD ONE OUTCOME IN MIND, A SHOT THAT SEEMINGLY HUNG IN THE AIR FOREVER (THAT MAY JUST BE THE EDITING AND SLOW MOTION DONE IN POST) BEFORE SINKING THE SHOT TO PUT THEM AHEAD. THE ONLY THING TO DO WAS TO GET A STOP, AND FOR ONE OF THE GREATEST DEFENSIVE TEAMS EVER THIS WAS NO WORRIES.

TRANSITIONING FROM THE CONFETTI TO THE AFTERMATH IT WAS CLEAR THAT THERE WAS A HUGE EMOTIONAL OUTPOURING, NOT ONLY FOR MICHAEL WHO MANY KNEW WOULD BE STEPPING AWAY FROM THE GAME, BUT ALSO FOR PHIL WHO WAS MOVING ON. AS IT HAPPENED, THE OTHER MEMBERS THAT WERE KEY TO THE CHAMPIONSHIPS, PIPPEN AND RODMAN ALSO MOVED ON MAKING IT AN UNOFFICIAL FUNERAL OF THIS GOLDEN ERA.

TO CELEBRATE THIS LAST DANCE OF SORTS, PHIL ONCE AGAIN SHOWED HIS MORE SPIRITUAL SIDE. THE TEAM ALL SHARED THEIR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS ABOUT THE SEASON AND BURNT THEM IN A COFFEE TIN. WHILE I KNOW THAT A LOT OF YOU MAY WANT ME TO BURN MY RECAPS AND REFLECT ON THEM IN A SPIRITUAL WAY, I DO NOT HAVE THE INTELLIGENCE FOR THAT. HOWEVER, I WILL TAKE THE TIME TO REFLECT ON THE ENJOYMENT THAT THE LAST DANCE HAS GIVEN ME.

IN A WORLD THAT FOR THE MOST PART HAS BEEN DEVOID OF SPORT – ONE OF MY PASSIONS – IT HAS BEEN VERY GROUNDING TO TUNE INTO NETFLIX ONCE A WEEK FOR MY DOSE OF SPORTING CONTENT. THERE IS NOTHING THAT HAS BEEN ABLE TO GRIP ME IN THE WAY THAT THE LAST DANCE HAS OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS AND IT’S A SEMINAL MOMENT IN THE WORLD OF SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT. WE AS A SARTORIAL COMMUNITY WILL BE SEEING THE IMPACTS OF THE LAST DANCE LONGER THAN ALMOST ANY OTHER GROUP OF PEOPLE, AS I AM SURE PLENTY OF YOU HAVE TRIED TO BUY A PAIR OF JORDANS OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS AND NOTICED A LITTLE INFLATION ON PRICES. DESPITE THIS ONE SHORTCOMING OF THIS CULTURAL MOMENT, THE LAST DANCE IS ONE OF THE MOST ENJOYABLE PIECES OF ENTERTAINMENT IN RECENT MEMORY. MJ IS A PSYCHO, BUT AN ENTERTAINING ONE.

 

SHOP JORDAN