Chicago Bulls: 3 things we hope to learn from ‘The Last Dance’

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2. Any hard feelings or speculation from Phil Jackson

As the person who apparently coined the term “The Last Dance” during that final run with all those great Bulls teams during the 1990’s, legendary former head coach Phil Jackson is going to be a focal point of this docuseries. Jackson was the Bulls head coach starting in the 1989-90 season, lasting all the way through this 1997-98 season that is the focus of The Last Dance.

The next spot as an NBA head coach for Jackson after his final run with the Bulls was actually with Kobe, Shaq, and the Lakers from 1999-2011. He found almost as much success in just as short of time with the Lakers as he did with the Bulls. Just imagine how much his dominance would reign over the NBA if Jordan hadn’t played baseball for just under two years in the mid-1990’s.

Between 1991 and 2002, Jackson would win nine NBA Championships as his dominance of the league continued beyond Chicago. He won six consecutive titles as an NBA head coach, three with the Bulls and three with the Lakers. Jackson would come close to matching that number of titles he won in total with the Bulls (six) during his run with the Lakers (five). And his last title would come during his final year as a head coach, with the Lakers in 2011.

One major looming question that is hopefully answered in this docuseries is more elaboration from Phil on how he felt about Jordan’s first and second retirements from the NBA. Jackson seemingly knew his team inside and out and had to feel some level of frustration by the premature departure when Jordan tried his hand on the baseball diamond instead of the basketball court.