On Sunday night, ESPN's The Last Dance documentary about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ six-ring dynasty in the 1990s concluded with the final ninth and 10th episodes. 👀
From Jordan unveiling the real ailment behind his "Flu Game" to Dennis Rodman's spontaneous wrestling stint, here are the 12 most memorable moments from the series finale.
Reggie Miller throws hands with 'Black Jesus'
Though Reggie Miller would often refer to MJ as "Black Jesus," he had no problem getting in Jordan's face when pushed to the edge. The two even fought in a game, with MJ landing a clean punch on Miller's grill before things were broken up. 👊
Miller beats the buzzer
Before Stephen Curry was casually splashing threes from near the half-court line, Miller revolutionized the game with his sharpshooting ability.
One of Miller's most iconic shots came against the Bulls in the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals when he not so subtly shoved MJ away from himself and drained a three-pointer with less than a second left, earning a nail-biter victory for his Pacers. 🚨
MJ stuns in the 'Flu Game.' Or was it food poisoning?
Going up against the Utah Jazz in the 1997 NBA Finals, Jordan shocked fans and teammates by tallying 38 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists while battling "flu-like symptoms," birthing the now-famous "Flu Game."
However, according to Jordan and his trainer, Tim Grover, they believe the real cause was food poisoning from a tainted pizza. 🤮
Steve Kerr celebrates in cargo shorts
Steve Kerr's legacy on the Bulls was cemented when he hit a game-winning jumper against the Jazz to seal the 1997 NBA title. Yet, his celebratory fit and comic routine at the championship parade in Chicago days later might be an even more memorable highlight. 😅
His Airness had the best license plates
If you want to learn about Jordan's many nicknames, look no further than his license plates. Previously, he made his presence known on the streets of Chicago with a plate that read “TWO TREY.” In episode nine, Air Jordan adopted "AIR" on the back of his red Porsche. ✈️
Trash talk never stopped
Whether on the court or off the court, MJ never passed up an opportunity to dig into opponents. Just look at this ruthless interaction with then-Pacers head coach Larry Bird after the Bulls bested them in a seven-game playoff series.
While Bird walked away, Jordan didn't hesitate to take one last shot. "Now you can work on that golf game of yours," he said. 😂
Utah Jazz throw up bricks
Setting the record for both the largest margin of victory and the fewest points allowed in a Finals game, the Bulls stomped the Jazz 96-54 in Game 3 of the 1998 NBA Finals.
Ironically, when the Bulls started their rebuild process the following year, they set the record for the least amount of points scored in a game since the shot clock was introduced with just 49 points. 👀
Dennis Rodman's wrestling career
In the midst of the "The Last Dance," Dennis Rodman took a detour to smash chairs over wrestlers' heads as Hulk Hogan's cigar-smoking sidekick. 🤣
Jordan's deadly step-back dagger
Will there ever be a more iconic ending to a championship dynasty in professional sports?
Over the years, some have tried to tarnish this ending by saying Jordan pushed Jazz defender Bryon Russell with his left hand, but sportscaster Bob Costas laid that debate to rest in The Last Dance. He likened the step-back move to a "maître d' showing someone to their table." 😂
Leonardo DiCaprio daps up Jordan
The Last Dance has been a star-studded affair, with celebrities from Carmen Electra to Jerry Seinfeld making cameos. Add to that list a young Leonardo DiCaprio, who congratulated Jordan following the Bulls sixth and final championship in eight years.
Jordan reciprocated that love, complimenting DiCaprio on his lead roles in The Man in the Iron Mask. 🤝
Jordan ain't no Beethoven
Jordan is widely regarded as the best player to ever step on the hardcourt. But his skills on the piano are a different story. 😳
'The Last Dance' plays its final note
Phil Jackson is known for his eccentric coaching style. To give his guys closure at the end of their final season together in 1998, he asked each player to write something about what the team meant to them. Then, during their last meeting, each player read their note out loud before all their thoughts were set on fire in a can.
Jordan even wrote a poem, giving his teammates a rare look at his true compassion and empathy. (Or maybe he just took one more jab at his bitter rival, Isaiah Thomas.) 🔥