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Michael Jordan and his double-three-peat Chicago Bulls dynasty remains a hugely popular cultural drawcard – even more than two decades after their last NBA title.
This was clarified last night following the airing of the final two episodes of the 10-part ESPN/Netflix docuseries The Last Dance, which has broken records for both media outlets right around the world.
Airing during a pandemic-induced lack of live sports on TV, the success of the series has been put down to the majestic and raw athelticism of Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest athlete in human history.
On top of this, the early 1980s to late 1990s timeline has invoked a deep sense of nostalgia in both Generation X and the shallow Generation Y audiences who may remember this era that saw the NBA explode internationally as America’s greatest entertainment export.
The program also appears to have hit many different markets outside of the stereotypical Jordan fans, with older audiences appreciating the opportunity to finally understand why this particular basketballer was able to sell so many shoes.
One demographic that appears to be particularly invested in this story, is the white hipster millennials, many of whom weren’t even alive to remember Space Jam.
The Betoota Advocate spoke to one of these young Australians in a illegal speak-easy coffee shop earlier today, to hear what he has to say about the rise and demise of the Chicago Bulls.
Mitchell Beaumont (19), a JobKeepered barista from Melbourne’s inner-north says he’s always been interested in Michael Jordan, ever since he began collecting sneakers in 2012.
“You see” says Mitchell, as his mate nods at whatever he has to say.
“I’ve been an NBA fan for a while, and like, what you gotta understand is, that like Rodman was 37 or some shit at the end of his career”
“But yeah, maybe they could have gone for seven championships, but like, yeah, so like, Jerry Krause was like, totally delusional”
As someone who hates every domestic sporting code Australia has to offer, mainly because his dad used to make him play Aussie Rules against his will, Mitchell, like thousands of likeminded BROCKHAMPTON fans, pretends that American basketball is his ‘thing’ and has done since he realised that he had a mate that went to school with Ben Simmons.
“Yeah, so basically, the entire Chicago Bulls franchise should have just done whatever Jordan told them to do and Jerry Krause should have been fired”
When asked what he thought of Phil Jackson’s subsequent championships at the LA Lakers, Mitchell said he’s not a big fan of LeBron James.