By now, many sports fans have probably watched ESPN’s The Last Dance and, in some cases, some may have seen it multiple times. The critically acclaimed docuseries, which chronicled the final championship run of Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, really struck a chord with fans and casual viewers alike. As you can imagine, NBA players were also drawn to the show for one reason or another. This was true for Los Angeles Lakers point guard Alex Caruso, who found himself rewatching it ahead of his team's appearance in the NBA Finals.
Alex Caruso, of course, won his first NBA championship at the end of this past season. When describing that feeling of winning a title, he compared it to the “adrenaline rush” he received when watching the Bulls win their championships on The Last Dance:
On J.J. Reddick’s The Old Man & the Three podcast, Alex Caruso further explained that this feeling is what led him to rewatch The Last Dance before the NBA Finals began. Apparently, he wanted to relive that dream scenario, which would eventually become a reality for him when the buzzer sounded at the end of Game 6:
Anyone who’s seen The Last Dance can easily identify with Caruso’s sentiments. One of the reasons why The Last Dance was so compelling is that it accurately captures the energy of the basketball and the high stakes of the games being played. Whenever Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and their teammates won a title, you felt every bit of it. It’s honestly hard not to get some kind of high when you’re watching those sequences.
For me, these scenes are most effective because they serve as payoffs for everything those Bulls teams endured. Whether it be rowdy fans or brutal infighting, the teams persevered, making their victories that much sweeter.
The Last Dance ultimately proved to be just the jolt of energy Alex Caruso needed before the Finals, and it must be gratifying for him to actually receive that championship moment. If anything, his experience is a testament to just how inspirational the docuseries can be.
The Last Dance is currently available to stream on Netflix.
Covering superheroes, sci-fi, comedy, and almost anything else in film and TV. I eat more pizza than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Your Daily Blend of Entertainment News
Thank you for signing up to CinemaBlend. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.