LeBron nearly tears up as stars react to latest ‘The Last Dance’ release

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LeBron nearly tears up as stars react to latest ‘The Last Dance’ release
The latest episodes of 'The Last Dance' give NBA stars and basketball fans an emotional roller-coaster ride

MANILA, Philippines – From Dennis Rodman’s 48-hour vacation to Michael Jordan’s first championship, the latest chapter of The Last Dance went out on Monday, April 27 and gave basketball fans an emotional roller-coaster ride.

NBA stars – both active and retired– shared their thoughts on episodes 3 and 4 of the documentary series, which centered on Rodman’s arrival to the Chicago team, the Bulls-Pistons rivalry, and Phil Jackson.

Los Angeles Lakers’ star LeBron James almost teared up when MJ lifted and hugged his first Larry O’Brien trophy, while former Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Chicago Bulls star Zach LaVine got inspired of Jordan’s greatness.






Aside from their championship journey, the latest installment of the documentary put the spotlight on the party-loving Rodman, who went for a vacation in Las Vegas in the middle of the 1997-1998 season.

Retired Chicago big man Charles Oakley reminisced his moments with Rodman, while Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell said Rodman was the one who introduced “load management.”









One of the biggest stories in the latest episode was the infamous handshake snob of the Detroit Pistons when Jordan and the Bulls finally beat their defending champ rivals in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals.

Netizens lashed out their anger to Isiah Thomas, who tried to explain the logic and story behind the walk-off.

But it seems like people pointed their hate to the wrong person as netizens went after former Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas instead of Isiah.



The tension between “Bad Boys” Pistons and the Bulls seemed to be alive as Horace Grant did not hold back in calling out their rivals in his interview in the documentary. Sports columnist Skip Bayless thinks that Pistons’ walk-off showed “poor sportsmanship.”





Stars also reacted to the story of Bulls’ Phil Jackson, who coached teams overseas before joining the coaching staff of Chicago.

Former Lakers forward Pau Gasol, who played under Jackson a decade ago, said his former mentor is the “best basketball coach in the history.”









Retired NBA players and other sports personalities also reacted the recent episodes of The Last Dance.

Quetin Richardson praised Scottie Pippen’s defense on Magic Johnson in the 1991 NBA Finals while 2020 Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes tuned in to the documentary as well.










Aside from the backroom stories, The Last Dance gave netizens something that Jordan hated – a meme template.

Feels like the GOAT will have to deal with a different meme for years.




– Rappler.com

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