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All ten episodes of ESPN's "The Last Dance" have aired and the in-depth look at the Chicago Bulls' last championship year has received generally good reviews. Many think the documentary did a good job touching on the lesser-known players on the team and some of the controversies surrounding Michael Jordan. Others were entertained by the documentary but didn't think it went deeply enough on Jordan's shortcomings and was really just an attempt to rocket him back into NBA relevancy without having to play a minute of basketball. What do you think? 🏀

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When it gets to documentaries, you're not going to get every perspective of every story. But with "The Last Dance," Michael Jordan and the filmmakers talk about the NBA legend's less than laudable moments, at least.

From gambling to the death of his father to the "secret suspension" to choosing business over activism, Jordan talked about his weakest moments and reasons why he did what he did. That's a lot more than a lot of documentaries ask of their subjects at times.

This is one of the best documentaries to come out in while and people need to see that it was critical enough of Jordan.

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This may be a documentary, but it a far cry from an objective look at the Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls. It's fun and it's entertaining, but to put it on the level of "OJ: Made in America" in terms of examining the flaws of the human due to the society around him, it falls flat. That's what you get when the subject controls the narrative of the story.

Sure, they touched on the gambling and the death of his father, but they didn't truly dive into it. They didn't talk too much about a money laundering case involving James 'Slim' Bouler, a suspected drug dealer, who Jordan paid $57,000 to for a golfing debt. The audience barely got anything from Jordan's children and we didn't hear anything from Juanita Vanoy, Jordan's ex-wife, who may have had a less than reverent opinion of her former husband.

There are some glaring holes in a documentary that marketed itself as a comprehensive view of the Bulls and Michael Jordan. Instead, what the audience got were highlights and some behind the scene footage that only told part of the story.

Judging from the boost in sales for Air Jordans since quarantine and the release of "The Last Dance", this was a more of a commercial built on nostalgia than a search for truth.

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