Last year during the Coronavirus pandemic, nearly everything was shutdown, including sports. Fans found relief through ‘The Last Dance,’ the docu-series detailing Michael Jordan’s career and final years with the Chicago Bulls.
The lead up to the release was immense, and the payoff was well worth it. Millions tuned in to ‘The Last Dance’ and watched Michael Jordan’s career from a far different angle.
Here’s a timeline of ‘The Last Dance’ and everything we learned about Michael Jordan.
March 30, 2020: Michael Jordan documentary moved up to an April release – 10-part series will start on April 19.
April 13, 2020: Why Michael Jordan was brought to tears during filming of ‘The Last Dance’ – “When people see this they are going say, ‘Well he wasn’t really a nice guy. He may have been a tyrant.’ Well, that’s you. Because you never won anything.” – Michael Jordan.
April 15, 2020: Michael Jordan believes people will think he’s a horrible person after watching The Last Dance – “When you see the footage of it, you’re going to think that I’m a horrible guy. But you have to realize that the reason why I was treating him like that is because I needed him to be tough in the playoffs.” – Michael Jordan.
April 18, 2020: The reason why Michael Jordan decided to release ‘The Last Dance’ footage – MJ was skeptical at first but after meeting with Mike Tollin, came around to the idea.
April 19, 2020: 5 things you didn’t know about Michael Jordan – Did you know MJ wore No. 12 at one point?
April 19, 2020: Donovan Mitchell’s hilarious reaction to this aspect of ‘The Last Dance’ – The Jazz star guard isn’t thrilled that there will be commercials.
April 19, 2020: NBA players react to the premiere of ‘The Last Dance’ – From Damian Lillard to Magic Johnson to Dwyane Wade, everyone is weighing in.
April 20, 2020: Michael Jordan Dream Team jersey sells for insane price on premiere night of ‘The Last Dance’ – Starting price was $25,000. The final bid came in at $216,000.
April 20, 2020: Scottie Pippen’s wife tweets earnings after uproar from ‘The Last Dance’ – “Thx for your concern, Scottie did ok.” – Larsa Pippen.
April 20, 2020: B.J. Armstrong teases a different side of Michael Jordan in upcoming episodes of ‘The Last Dance’ – “If that is the worst you’ve seen, then you’ve never seen the Chicago Bulls before. That was nothing.” – B.J. Armstrong.
April 20, 2020: Steve Kerr reveals what he hopes people learn and takeaway from The Last Dance – “I just think how much fun it was to be a part of, how great NBA basketball was in the ’90s, how different it was then to now and how dominant Michael was.” – Steve Kerr.
April 20, 2020: Michael Jordan donating all proceeds from ‘The Last Dance’ to charity – Proceeds are expected to reach around $4 million.
April 21, 2020: Walt Frazier defends controversial Michael Jordan remark in ‘The Last Dance’ – “He was crying he thought the general manager didn’t know what he was doing. That was when I still wasn’t sure if he’d be able to carry a team and make the next step. Then all of a sudden it happened.” – Walt Frazier.
April 24, 2020: Isiah Thomas anxious to see Michael Jordan rivalry in ‘The Last Dance’ – Pistons – Bulls rivalry set to be featured in coming episodes.
April 27, 2020: Zion Williamson on Michael Jordan, ‘The Last Dance’ documentary – “When I started watching Mike, it was just, even though I wasn’t alive when he was doing those things, it just captured me.” – Zion Williamson.
April 28, 2020: Michael Jordan’s son Jeffrey reacts to ‘The Last Dance’ – “The glory and the rings are front and center. A lot of the other stuff has been glossed over.” – Jeffrey Jordan.
April 28, 2020: ‘The Last Dance’ is showing similarities between MJ and Kobe Bryant, says Luke Walton – “I feel like I am watching Kobe Bryant play in the ’80s and early ’90s with a different team.” – Luke Walton.
April 29, 2020: MJ calls BS on Isiah Thomas explanation of Pistons’ walking off floor after Bulls swept them – “Whatever he says now, you know it wasn’t his true actions then. He has time enough to think about it. Or the reaction of the public has kinda changed his perspective of it.” – Michael Jordan.
April 30, 2020: The Last Dance becomes Netflix’s most in-demand doc worldwide – ‘The Last Dance’ overtakes ‘Tiger King’ as the most in-demand documentary worldwide.
May 5, 2020: MJ’s mom was mad at him after his first interview on ‘The Last Dance’ – MJ’s mom does not approve of him smoking cigars and he couldn’t smoke them while she was on the set.
May 5, 2020: Michael Jordan’s ‘cocaine circus’ story triggered former Bulls guard – “That bothered me because I was thinking about the brothers who are on that picture with you who have to explain to their families who are getting ready to watch this great Michael Jordan documentary.” – Craig Hodges.
May 6, 2020: Patrick Ewing not an avid watcher of ‘The Last Dance’ – “I watch a little, then I shut it off and go do other things. I lived through it, so I don’t need to watch it. I know he’s great.” – Patrick Ewing.
May 6, 2020: Jerry Seinfeld reacts to cameo in ‘The Last Dance’ – Seinfeld teased Phil Jackson about what would last longer, Jackson with the Bulls or Seinfeld with his show.
May 6, 2020: John Stockton initially didn’t want to be apart of ‘The Last Dance’ – Stockton cited it being a “Michael Jordan fluff piece” and it took two years for producers to convince him and track him down.
May 8, 2020: The reason why Michael Jordan refused to do interviews for ‘The Last Dance’ at his house – MJ wanted to keep certain aspects of his life private, including his home.
May 10, 2020: Everything to know about Michael Jordan’s last year with the Chicago Bulls – Scottie Pippen carried a lot of the load.
May 12, 2020: MJ’s hitting coach believes he had Hall of Fame type potential – “But I’ve said, if he had come out of high school and went the baseball route … I could have seen him ending up being like a player like Dave Winfield.” – Mike Barnett.
May 14, 2020: Magic Johnson will appear on ‘The Last Dance’ follow-up – Magic and Stephen A. Smith will discuss the show on an hour-long SportsCenter special.
May 14, 2020: MJ’s daughter reacts to all the altercations on ‘The Last Dance’ – “So when he’s going at Steve Kerr or checking Scottie and trying to get that fire and tenacity out of them, I’m like, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s Dad.’ I mean, he’ll do that to me just so I can get an A out of a test or two.” – Jasmine Jordan.
May 18, 2020: Two players refused to take part in the ‘The Last Dance’ docuseries – Karl Malone and Byron Russell passed on the opportunity.
May 19, 2020: One claim by Michael Jordan in ‘The Last Dance’ really irked Jerry Reinsdorf – Jordan said it was maddening to retire at the top of his game.
May 20, 2020: Gary Payton reacts to Michael Jordan laughing at him on ‘The Last Dance’ – Oh you know I was hot! I was thinking about calling him at the time!” Payton told The Opinionated Podcast. “But you know what, that’s what I expect out of Mike, because I would have said the same thing.” – Gary Payton.
May 20, 2020: The best Michael Jordan memes from ‘The Last Dance’ – These will stay viral for quite some time.
May 22, 2020: Michael Jordan accused of blatantly lying in ‘The Last Dance’ by ‘Jordan Rules’ writer – “That was a complete and blatant lie by Michael,” Smith said of the NBA legend wanting to return for the 1998-99 season, via Colin Ward-Henninger in CBS Sports. “There were several things in the documentary that I saw, I would know, that he made up or he lied about.” – Sam Smith.
May 22, 2020: MJ not paying attention to the moments that have gone viral from ‘The Last Dance’ – Jordan’s daughter, Jasmine says the family has enjoyed watching the doc, although separately due to the Coronavirus.
May 23, 2020: Michael Jordan hilarious savage moment with Pat Riley somehow didn’t make the cut – MJ took the presidential suite that Riley had requested at a resort in Hawaii. Then MJ waived to him from the balcony.
May 23, 2020: Kendrick Perkins sounds off on MJ breaking ‘player code’ during ‘The Last Dance’ – “At the end of the day, ‘The Last Dance’ was to praise Mike — which it should have been — but you didn’t have to tear down other people to praise your greatness, because your greatness alone speaks volumes for itself.” – Kendrick Perkins.
May 27, 2020: Clyde Drexler snaps back after MJ disses him on ‘The Last Dance’ – “That’s Michael’s documentary so obviously it’s going to be from his perspective.” – Clyde Drexler.
June 11, 2020: How the Hornets are using ‘The Last Dance’ as motivation for MJ – Will it help turn things around in Charlotte?
June 28, 2020: Why Michael Jordan’s wives and others weren’t included in ‘The Last Dance’ – “Michael never said you can’t talk to either of his wives. We didn’t feel doing so advanced the story.” – Mike Tollin.
August 4, 2020: Von Miller reveals impact ‘The Last Dance’ had on him – “Was I really making that commitment to the game, was I doing the same stuff that he did … I looked in the mirror and I said that I wasn’t.” – Von Miller.
August 25, 2020: ‘The Last Dance’ podcast series is coming up next – “Beyond the Last Dance” will be co-hosted by former Chicago Bulls reporter J.A. Adande, alongside ex-Bulls point guard B.J. Armstrong.
October 6, 2020: Unreleased footage from ‘The Last Dance’ shows Michael Jordan discussing motivation for 6th ring – It didn’t take much for MJ to keep to the grind.
October 17, 2020: MJ’s gambling buddy from ‘The Last Dance’ in the news for tragic reason – John Capps passed away in 2018 and now his family is putting his six Bulls title rings up for auction.
November 9, 2020: ‘The Next MJ’ talk was deleted from ‘The Last Dance’ – “So I mean, the game is going to say, he’s the next, whoever. Your game is going to have to evolve to that label the league is trying to promote you with.” – Michael Jordan.
November 25, 2020: Michael Jordan donating $2 million in proceeds from ‘The Last Dance’ – MJ donating the proceeds to Feeding America for Thanksgiving.
December 7, 2020: Scottie Pippen told Michael Jordan straight up his thoughts on ‘The Last Dance’ – “I told him I wasn’t too pleased with it. He accepted it. He said, ‘hey, you’re right’. That was pretty much it.” – Scottie Pippen.