The ESPN documentary series The Last Dance featuring Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls during the 1998 championship season has finally come to an end.
The 10 part documentary series was the most watched ever on ESPN bringing in an average of 5.6 million viewers per episode. ESPN says episode No.1 has drawn over 15 million viewers since it was first aired.
However, there are many of us who were familiar with just about everything you saw throughout the documentary series having lived through the Jordan era in the 1990’s. Regardless, it was an amazing stroll down memory lane with a few extra tidbits of fun including the likes of Jordan’s relationship with security guard John Michael Wozniak that wasn’t exactly public knowledge until recently.
Believe it or not, there is still quite a bit of info on Jordan and the Bulls that didn’t make the documentary series. Reason being is that Jordan had approval over everything you saw throughout the documentary. So there is still plenty of information available out there about Jordan and the Bulls that may perhaps paint a different picture.
Here are two book suggestions to start with in order to take a much deeper dive into Jordan and the Bulls.
Michael Jordan: The Life by Roland Lazenby.
For all his greatness, this scion of a complex family from North Carolina’s Coastal Plain has a darker side: he’s a ruthless competitor and a lover of high stakes. There’s never been a biography that encompassed the dual nature of his character and looked so deeply at Jordan on and off the court. (To buy the book, click this link from Amazon)
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Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson with Hugh Delehanty.
In Eleven Rings, Jackson candidly describes how he:
• Learned the secrets of mindfulness and team chemistry while playing for the champion New York Knicks in the 1970s.
• Managed Michael Jordan and got him to embrace selflessness, even if it meant losing a scoring title.
• Forged successful teams out of players of varying abilities by getting them to trust one another and perform in sync.
• Inspired Dennis Rodman and other “uncoachable” personalities to devote themselves to something larger than themselves.
• Transformed Kobe Bryant from a rebellious teenager into a mature leader of a championship team. (To buy the book, click this link from Amazon)