The Last Dance: My Opinion on the Documentary and Air Jordans

I have just watched the first 8 episodes of The Last Dance and wanted to give my opinion on the whole documentary.

Michael Jordan

First let me start off by saying that I am not a fan of basketball, never have been.

But after watching this series, I feel like putting on my basketball shoes and shooting some hoops just like MJ.

This documentary was good, very interesting, fun to watch at times, but long and drawn out, in my opinion.

It seemed all over the place and it was difficult to see what the timelines were and what the director was trying to portray from all this time jumping.

However, lets get into all the nitty-gritty stuff.

What is the Last Dance?

The Last Dance is a documentary about the Chicago Bulls winning their 6th NBA championship from 1997 – 1998, from start to finish.

They have a film crew that follows the basketball team around and documents everything that goes on, both on the court and behind the scenes.

However, they also go into detail about all the other NBA championships.

  • How Michael Jordan started his career from high school
  • How he sold over $100 million Air Jordans within the first year
  • The loss of his father
  • His gambling “addiction”
  • His 18 month baseball hiatus (that’s right, he literally retired halfway through his basketball career to become a professional baseball player)
  • And much, much more

There are 10 total episodes but there are currently only 8 to view. Number 9 comes out today as I’m writing this article!

What I Learned

After watching the first 8 episodes from The Last Dance, I learned a hell of a lot about Michael Jordan and how he branded himself.

But most especially that everyone absolutely loved this man, the fact that he had such a high work ethic and held himself to a high standard.

Before going into this documentary, I had no expectations. I only knew Michael Jordan was one of the best basketball players.

I am only 28 years old…born in 1992, so I had no idea about this man as a kid other than the fact that I had a Chicago Bulls t-shirt and shorts.

I think my mum got it for my birthday. I don’t know, I don’t remember much at that age.

I also learned that he was a master at branding.

He initially wanted to team up with Adidas with the making of Air Jordans but Adidas didn’t offer him what he wanted, which was a huge mistake on Adidas’ part since Nike made one of the biggest athlete signings in history.

Nike was a bit hesitant about signing with the NBA rookie but had high hopes.

They hoped to sell $3 million dollars worth of shoes within the next 4 years.

Little did they know that they were about to make history.

They sold over $100 million in the first year!!!

I mean, that’s some outstanding numbers and a record breaker.

It just shows you how much MJ was loved by everyone and anybody.

Everyone thought he was god in disguise because of how good he was.

That’s not coming from everyday people, that’s coming from the best basketball players in the world.

So those are some of the things I liked about The Last Dance.

I have yet to watch the last 2 episodes when they come out but let me tell you that I cannot wait.

What I Don’t Like

Some might argue that it’s one of the best documentary to ever release, but others might disagree.

The whole thing was a bit difficult to follow at times.

They time jump without stating what year or championship they are doing and you have to guess what’s going on.

Another thing I found annoying was the video quality on the basketball games.

I know back in the day the video quality was not that good, but I’ve found HD quality videos of MJ and Chicago Bulls on YouTube.

I just don’t know why the documentary didn’t use the HD footage instead of looking like it was recorded using a potato.

Another thing I don’t like is that they drag out the documentary.

There are things that don’t need to be in there or are just not interesting at all, and I personally think a lot of it is just “filler” content.

They could’ve EASILY cut the whole documentary into 5-6 episodes, but that’s just me.

However, those were the only 3 things I didn’t really like about this series.

Everything else was on point and incredibly interesting.

Why Did Air Jordans Do So Well?

Being a shoe blog, I have an obligation to talk about Air Jordans and why they did so well and continue to do well even in 2020.

Seeing them talk about Air Jordans was the reason I wanted to write about this documentary in the first place.

There are many reasons why Air Jordans blew up and continue to dominate the shoe industry.

For one, MJ had hardcore die-hard fans from his time in the NBA championships.

They loved the NBA rookie because of his work ethic and basketball skills.

He was so charismatic and knew how to entertain people.

No exaggeration.

Every time he stepped on the court, he would play like it was his last game.

His mentality was “there are people that came to see me play at my best, so that’s what I’m going to give them”.

He did that with every single game and that’s why everyone loved him so much.

Those people are some of his most hardcore fans that will continue to buy his shoes as long as Nike keep making and releasing them.

Now in this day and age, other people buy them because they are “hip”, they want them for the design aspect and the status.

They’ll wear them around town just to look cool, when they’ve never even seen a basketball court in their life.

Another reason is the simple fact that they are so popular.

Seeing other people look cool in their Air Jordans makes others admire them and want to get some as well.

As you can see, there are many reasons why Air Jordans did so well in the first year and continue to be the top selling shoe each and every year.

In Conclusion

The Last Dance was a huge eye-opening documentary for me.

I went in with no expectations and little knowledge about MJ, other than that he was a great basketball player.

I learned a hell of a lot and enjoyed my time watching it.

I can’t wait to see the last 2 episodes and may even update this once I finish the doco!

Well that concludes my opinion on The Last Dance and Air Jordan shoes.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Let me know in the comments below what you think of this documentary and if you liked it or not.

Cheers and have a great day!

4 thoughts on “The Last Dance: My Opinion on the Documentary and Air Jordans”

  1. Nice blog. I have not seen the documentary as of yet. It is on my watch list. I just haven’t had time to sit down to view it yet. Recently it has been big news on the radio, and TV. I was listening to the radio this morning, and they were pointing out the same things you were about how it seemed very dragged out. 

    The one thing I did find interesting, which I didn’t know, was the beef between Jordan and Isaiah Thomas. Thomas does not rate Jordan as the greatest basketball player alive. Jordan is definitely one of the greatest to ever grace the court, but he shares that title with many other players in the game. You can throw out names like Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius “Dr. Jay” Erving to name a few.

    Speaking of Dr. Jay, way before your time, Dr. Jay had his own brand of Converse. This is not a new thing to have an athlete put his name on a sneaker. Tony Hawk has done it. Run DMC has done it with Adidas. Jordan just happens to be the best selling sneaker branded of all time. 

    Michael Jordan is not only an amazing basketball player, but he is one of the smartest businessman on the planet. The one thing nice about Jordan is that he keeps a low profile. He doesn’t go around promoting himself. He PROVES himself. 

    Great blog. Make sure you get a pair of original Dr. Jay’s and Original Run DMC Adidas to add to your collection. 


    • That’s a great point you make about MJ not going around promoting himself. He is certainly one to prove that he is the best with his actions and not his words.

      I did not know that Jordan was not the first athlete to have his name written on sneakers, and that’s probably because they weren’t as popular as Air Jordans.

      Overall the documentary was awesome but the biggest downer was that it was dragged out.

      I hope you get to watch it soon and that I haven’t spoiled it for you!



  2. Oh wow, I had no idea that Jordan was not the first athlete to have his name written on sneakers either.

    I enjoyed the documentary and it is really awesome but the biggest problem was that it was too long.

    Thank you for the information though, I enjoyed reading your article. Keep up the great work.

    • It really did drag out. A lot of the stuff was unnecessary and it felt like they were covering the same things over and over again.

      But a great documentary nonetheless.


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