With the NBA season suspended, fans will get an earlier look at the series.
Nearly three weeks after the coronavirus pandemic cut the NBA season short, fans got a little good news. On Tuesday morning, ESPN announced an earlier release date for the highly-anticipated 30 for 30 The Last Dance.
The documentary chronicles the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty of the 1990s. It features never-before-seen footage from the Bulls’ championship run in the 1997-98 season. Additionally, dozens of players, entertainment icons, and coaches give interviews. Michael Jordan also gave the network full access.
ESPN originally planned for the series to run in June, after the conclusion of the NBA Finals. Once the pandemic effectively ended hopes for the rest of the season, fans began clamoring for an early release.
On March 16, Ben Koo of Awful Announcing noticed ESPN’s airdate info for the documentary stated “coming soon,” rather than “airing in June.” The Worldwide Leader confirmed Koo’s suspicions on Tuesday.
The Bulls’ camera crew followed the team throughout the 1997-1998 season. The documentary will feature exclusive footage from practices, as well as flights on the team plane.
Sports media members, as well as players like LeBron James have all asked the network to move the release date up in these circumstances. On Tuesday, they finally got their wish.
“April 19th can’t come fast enough,” James tweeted early Tuesday morning. “I CAN NOT WAIT!”