Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, just like the rest of the basketball world, wants ESPN to release “The Last Dance” as soon as possible since the NBA is in a hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 10-part documentary series on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls during the 1997-98 season is scheduled to be released in June. The Lakers star knows the ratings would be insane if it was released now:
“If they release that thing right now? The views on it?” LeBron James said on the Road Trippin’ podcast, via ESPN.
“Listen, if I’m Michael Jordan, I’m going in there and I’m making a conference call and I’m like, ‘OK, what’s the reason that we’re going to hold onto it until June now? Compared to now when everybody is at home?’ Because it’s done (being edited). It’s done. Yeah, it’s done.”
ESPN Executive Vice President of Programming Acquisitions and Scheduling Burke Magnus said back on March 18 that the documentary is unlikely to be released early, but perhaps there will be an adjustment to that at some point.
Before the NBA suspended the season, LeBron and the Lakers had the best record in the Western Conference standings. The Lakers were an impressive 49-14.
In his second season with the Lakers, James is averaging 25.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 10.6 assists while shooting 49.8 percent from the field, 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.7 percent from the free-throw line.
NBA owners would like to resume the season in the summer if the coronavirus dies down. One would assume LeBron and the Lakers are desperate for the season to resume since Los Angeles was title contenders, though he knows there will be challenges about a return to action.
James also missed the playoffs last season for the first time since his second year in the league, so the Lakers star is eager to get back to the postseason.