Jackson coached the team that achieved two “three-peats” (three titles in a row) and in which there were just four other key constants: the superstar Michael Jordan, his sidekick Scottie Pippen, the team’s general manager Jerry Krause and the team’s owner Jerry Reinsdorf among other supporting staff.
The series features visuals from the exclusive access granted to a camera crew to the Bulls locker room for the season and intersperses the linear telling of the Bulls’ year with storylines from the past, beginning with Jordan’s journey into college basketball and then the pros, Pippen’s rise from poverty and rural America into becoming one of the most versatile players in the league, the addition of the maverick athlete Dennis Rodman and his hedonistic ways that went along with his ferocious defensive play on the court, among other stories.
Just as Jordan dominated the sports landscape in the 1990s, his overwhelming presence looms over the series, which tracks his progress as the lone superstar carrying a mediocre team in the 1980s, becoming the lynchpin of a improvisational system (the Triangle Offence) which allows him to overcome his nemesis (the Detroit Pistons of the late 1980s), sharpening his competitive instinct and ferocity in leading the Bulls to become a ruthless outfit and a multiple championship winner.
The series also tracks the rise and rise of Jordan into a basketball legend, a sporting icon and an invaluable brand who fuelled the popularity of the sport, the NBA and the sneaker industry to new heights.
Jordan has had a less than stellar career as a front office executive: first as a general manager with the Wizards, and later as owner of the Bobcats/Hornets, and knowing what we do from watching the series, it must be really hard on him to see his teams not succeed.