The hype for “The Last Dance” is as real as it gets, and it is reaching ridiculously extreme heights. In fact, a game-worn Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls from the 1996-97 season just sold for a record-setting $288,000 at Goldin Auctions.
This 96-97 Jordan game-used Bulls uniform just sold for $288,000 at @GoldinAuctions, a record for a game-used Jordan Bulls uniform. pic.twitter.com/pg5J7ux25s
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 24, 2020
Insane. The owner of that jersey just hit the jackpot. It's unreal just how much some people are willing to spend for classic sports memorabilia like this one from the Bulls icon.
When the said 1996-97 jersey hit the auctions over two weeks ago, some projected it to breach a quarter of a million bucks — and it did. Likewise, over a month ago, Jordan's Dream Team jersey sold for $216,000.
Jordan wore the particular jersey in an April 1997 game against the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons managed to take down the Bulls that day as MJ had a rare off night. He finished that game with just 18 points.
Nonetheless, Michael Jordan still ended the season averaging 29.6 points, winning the ninth of his 10 career scoring titles. The Bulls later on won their fifth NBA championship of the decade that year.
The 1996-97 season, of course, preceded the final season of the Bulls dynasty — which has been the talk of the basketball world over the past month. ESPN released last week the final two episodes of “The Last Dance,” a special 10-part documentary focusing on the Bulls' 1997-98 campaign.
Hoops fans certainly enjoyed the doc, which reminded everyone why Jordan is the undisputed GOAT. However, it also drew criticism from others, including some of Jordan's Bulls teammates. People close to Scottie Pippen said that the all-around superstar forward was disappointed with his portrayal in the doc.
Moreover, former Bulls forward Horace Grant lambasted Jordan for some of the statements he made in his interviews.
It's certainly difficult to please everybody. For sure though, the person who took home the $288,000 will sleep soundly at night.