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The first two episodes of ESPN’s documentary The Last Dance, centered on Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls, debuted its first two episodes on Sunday night.

With sports canceled due to the coronavirus, the sports world was practically foaming at the mouth in anticipation of The Last Dance. As you’d expect the first two episodes set up the background of the Bulls legendary season.

Bulls GM (at the time) Jerry Krause announced before the season that the 97-98 season would be coach Phil Jackson’s last with Chicago.

Owner Jerry Reinsdorf talked about the idea to “rebuild” the team because “other than Michael” most of the other players were near the end of their prime… Whoops. Scottie Pippen, among others, would disagree.

Pippen was ridiculous while in Chicago. He was second in scoring, rebounding and minutes played and first in assists and steals. Yet, he was 6th in salary on the Bulls roster and 122nd in the NBA…

Pippen signed a 7-year/$18 million deal in 1991, but Reinsdorf had a policy that can be summed up as, “once you got your contract, I don’t want to hear from you.” Well, tensions grew between Pippen and the Bulls. So, after the 1996-97 championship, Pippen waited to get surgery on an injury because he didn’t want to lose his summer and to seemingly send a message to management.

Episodes three and four debut this Sunday at 6 and 7 p.m. PT.

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