Chicago Bulls: Joel Embiid had ‘formative’ experience with ‘The Last Dance’

Joel Embiid, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Joel Embiid, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

The Sixers star center Joel Embiid had a “great experience” watching the recent 1997-98 Chicago Bulls docuseries entitled “The Last Dance”.

The recent hit 10-part ABC/ESPN/Netflix documentary series spotlighting the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls NBA Championship winning team called “The Last Dance” made waves in the basketball community. Numerous NBA players spoke out on the docuseries since it initially released roughly two months ago.

One of the current NBA players that recently opened up on his experience watching The Last Dance is the Philadelphia 76ers star big man Joel Embiid. With Lauren Rosen of last week, Embiid opened up on what he learned and took away from watching The Last Dance in the last couple of months during the novel coronavirus pandemic-induced NBA season hiatus.

That piece from Rosen on (specifically the Sixers team page) also saw Embiid open up on his thoughts on a number of current events happening around the world right now.

Here’s what it had to say on the subject of Embiid taking in The Last Dance.

"Like millions of basketball fans across the country, Embiid had a formative experience watching The Last Dance documentary on ESPN:“I did watch it. It was interesting. I saw a lot of similarities, and a lot of people have told me that. I’m always quiet about it, but I kind of saw that there’s a lot of similarities, and I can also be that guy. I just need to keep putting in the work, and that’s what I’ve been doing. It was a great documentary and I enjoyed it.”"

Embiid is currently playing for a team that is finding a lot more success on the hardwood than the Bulls are. This current Bulls team is clearly at a much different point than they were at during the 1990’s dynasty years. Once the NBA season resumes, with games planned to start late next month at Disney World in Orlando, the Sixers will be looking to keep climbing up the Eastern Conference standings.

The Sixers own a record of 39-26 during the COVID-19-induced hiatus. Compare that to the Bulls record of 22-43, and you get two franchises at very different points. Embiid will be hoping that he and star point forward Ben Simmons can be a dark horse contender to make a run in the playoffs this year for the Sixers.

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The Last Dance premiered throughout the months of April and May. It highlighted the Bulls all-time great shooting guard Michael Jordan and his teammates throughout his NBA career, through 10 part that released throughout five different Sundays. It is currently available to stream on ESPN+.