Chris Mullin played alongside Michael Jordan on the 1992 Dream Team and competed against His Airness throughout his Hall of Fame career with the Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers. And like everybody in the basketball world, Mullin recently watched “The Last Dance” docuseries on ESPN, and he came away with some renewed appreciation for the Warriors’ recent dynasty.
“I think it puts into context how great this last five-year period the Warriors have been on,” Mullin said to KNBR. “That’s a hard thing to endure man, and the way they did it, they did it with some grace and some class and some dignity.
“The Last Dance” chronicles the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls season and how the dynasty prematurely came to an end after three consecutive Finals runs and six titles in eight seasons. The Warriors made five straight Finals appearances from 2015-2019, winning three titles.
“I know [Warriors coach] Steve [Kerr] didn’t let the cameras in, but I think as years go by, we’re gonna look back and go ‘man, that Warriors team of the last five years was a special, special time here in the Bay Area.’”
Those Warriors teams clearly dealt with some behind-the-scenes tension—especially in Kevin Durant’s final season in the Bay—but (mostly) kept the drama internalized.
Golden State head coach and former Bulls player Stevc Kerr also expressed similarities between how the Warriors and Bulls handled the attention that comes with multiple championship runs. “The experience is actually very similar … Everywhere we would go there were people outside the hotel,” Kerr observed.