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ESPN moving ‘The Last Dance’ release from June to April 19

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In case you somehow missed it, ESPN had been planning to release a 10-hour docuseries about Michael Jordan and the ‘90s Bulls in conjunction with the NBA Finals in June. With sports on hiatus due to the coronavirus, fans clamored for the release date of “The Last Dance” to be moved up. Even LeBron James got in the mix.

While people involved in the project had recently remained coy and claimed it was still in production and unlikely to released early, it looks like we’ll be getting our wish after all. The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reports the release date has been moved up to April 19.

ESPN confirmed the move on Tuesday morning:

“The Last Dance” is set to feature a ton of never-before-seen footage and a number of interviews with players, coaches and even people like Barack Obama and Justin Timberlake:

Bulls fans have been getting a taste of nostalgia thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s “Bulls Rewind” and other networks airing classic games. NBC Sports Chicago just aired Jordan’s Bulls eliminating the Knicks in Game 5 of the 1996 Eastern Conference Semifinals on Monday night, and this news broke shortly after that finished.

It has been awesome (and jarring given how much the game has changed) to watch all these old games again, but “The Last Dance” will pull back the curtain on the dynasty and hopefully give us plenty of juicy details about what went down. If you’ve read any Jordan/Bulls books you know about the drama surrounding these teams, so to see it on the screen and with insight from all these people involved should be a real treat.