Basketball fans rejoice! ESPN and Netflix recently announced that they’ve teamed up to bring The Last Dance, a 10-hour documentary on Michael Jordan, to Netflix in 2019. Directed by documentary filmmaker Jason Hehir and in full collaboration with His Airness himself, the film will focus on '97-'98 season, which officially marked the end of the Chicago Bulls dynasty.
Extremely little detail is provided about the project, and we still have quite a while to go before its official release. To prepare all you hoops fans for this epic project, we’ve collected five of the most celebrated basketball documentaries that are as powerful as an explosive slam dunk.
You know you've done something right when fellow NBA showmen such as Dominique Wilkins and Magic Johnson only have good words for you. The Doctor proves that there is more to Julius Erving than his MVP awards, aerial acrobatics, and sweet afro.
Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals
A closer look at arguably the biggest rivalry in the history of the pro league, which stemmed from college to their respective NBA franchises. The friendship between Earvin Johnson and Larry Bird had a unique dynamic that forced them to improve their game.
More Than A Game
More Than A Game is basically the perfect viewing material for non-believers, critics, and straight-up LeBron James haters. The 2008 docu introduces casual fans to the legendary high school basketball squad that made The King the player he is today.
James Harden: Behind The Beard
Despite the obvious title, this isn't a grooming tutorial on how to maintain majestic facial hair like Harden's. No need to shave to witness his evolution from sickly Compton kid to this season's MVP frontrunner.
On The Shoulders Of Giants: The Story Of The Greatest Team You Have Never Heard Of
Before Michael Jordan was even born, black players weren't allowed to compete for a world championship. Co-produced by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, On The Shoulders Of Giants introduces the team that would change the game as we know it: the Harlem Rens.
Coach: The Life And Legacy Of John R. Wooden
The impact of the "Wizard of Westwood" to his players, colleagues, and the sport goes beyond his vaunted "Pyramid of Success." Testament to his legacy is Wooden being the first person ever to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as both player and coach.