Phil Jackson to break down Game 3 of 1998 NBA Finals in Kobe Bryant’s ‘Detail’
Former Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson will get his clipboard and pen once again on Sunday, as he breaks down film of Game 3 of the 1998 NBA Finals as part of the Kobe Bryant-led ESPN+ series Detail.
The first episode will feature Jackson going over the Bulls’ 96-54 pounding of the Utah Jazz to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Jackson will highlight the critical moments in the game and explain how the “triangle offense” helped drive his former team to a three-peat.
Other members of the lauded championship team like Steve Kerr and Dennis Rodman will partake in future episodes, which will come out every Sunday on ESPN+. This edition of Detail will run parallel to the premiere of The Last Dance, a docuseries detailing the 1997-98 Bulls and their run to a second three-peat.
The Last Dance is a 10-part series that will be split into five showings, starting this Sunday, April 19. Jackson, Kerr, and Rodman will provide an additional layer of polish to a studded documentary. Rodman will analyze Chicago’s 111-105 regular-season victory over the Dallas Mavericks on December 29, 1997, in which Bubba Wells committed six intentional fouls against him in a three-minute span.
Rodman forced that plan to backfire, going 9-of-12 from the free-throw line while grabbing 27 rebounds to go with Michael Jordan’s 41 points.
Kerr will break down Game 2 of the 1998 NBA Finals, which Chicago won 93-88 to tie the series 1-1. Jackson will return to pick apart a tightly-contested Game 6, which ended with “The Last Shot” and a second three-peat for his Bulls.
Perhaps it’s fitting that Jackson starts and ends this new wave of Detail episodes, considering he was the man that led Kobe Bryant to his five titles. The symbolic passing of the torch is on and the Zen Master is likely to do some good justice to the show’s meticulous nature.