“The Last Dance,” which is a ten-part docu-series that spotlights the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls season, is the only form of sports entertainment that fans have during this coronavirus pandemic.
Well, I guess there was that deadlift record from someone nick-named, “The Mountain,” but besides that, there’s not a lot going on.
So far, only the first six episodes of the series have been released but it’s already led to discussions about that historic season and not just only in the sport of basketball. The documentary has crossed over to various sports and countries, serving as an analogy.
For example, in Paris, Florian Gazan of L’Equipe spoke with The Reservists (via Paris Team) and is using “The Last Dance” to explain how Paris Saint-Germain should build their squad.
“You always need a bad guy, a bad boy in a team. Paris has always been a team of cute guys in recent years, and it has played tricks on them,” Gazan said. “Thiago Motta was perfect, he had an incredible game, was a team boss, a taulier, and he knew how to put the little kick in, it’s certainly not good to see, but it’s football.”
PSG already has its Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappé; however, according to Gazan, the capital club lacks a Dennis Rodman type player that will do the dirty work. Since Motta’s retirement, PSG is lacking that type of player, and Gazan hopes they address it soon because of how vital that role is to a team.
“You need a Dennis Rodman. Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan were good because they had a guy like that. Apart from Marco Verratti, you’re not creative either,” Gazan said. “Thiago Motta was, but next door from Verratti, you need a player who has the ball because when he is squeezed at the markings, you have no one to make the transitions and there you are bad.”
The club is in search of a tall midfielder, but it remains to be seen whether or not that player will fit the Rodman mold for the squad.
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