Just because Chicago is 2,000 miles from Los Angeles doesn’t mean the Bulls have had any less bearing on the Lakers, Clippers and the rest of the Southern California basketball scene in recent decades. Nor could it keep the Hollywood Hoops from diving headfirst into ESPN’s “The Last Dance,” the highly-anticipated, 10-part docuseries inside the 1997-98 champions featuring hoops luminaries like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Phil Jackson and Steve Kerr.
Eric Pincus and Josh Martin tip off this week’s episode by discussing the sports content with which fans can fill their hours stuck in quarantine, without any live games to watch. There’s CloseUp360’s “Hoopers Meet Heroes” series, which pairs NBA players like the Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with healthcare professionals on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus. There’s also, of course, “The Last Dance,” which has captivated the entire sports world and re-ignited the NBA’s never-ending “GOAT” debate.
Our co-hosts then consider the impact that Jordan’s Bulls have had on the way basketball’s been played in the 22 years since their last dance. From Kobe Bryant’s spot-on imitation of His Airness on the Lakers, to Kawhi Leonard and Paul George emulating the two-way devastation of the Michael-Scottie pairing for the Clippers, there’s no escaping Chicago’s impact on NBA basketball in LA.
Then, Eric and Josh delve back into the messy business of the league’s potential return from the COVID-19 shutdown. Will the teams garnishing 25 percent of the players’ remaining wages for the year be enough to counterbalance the economic devastation facing the NBA? Could these calculations be just the beginning of an extended downturn, with spectators potentially locked out until late into 2021?
Find out all that and more on this week’s episode of #HollywoodHoops!
00:00 – Hoopers Meet Heroes, The Last Dance
13:14 – MJ’s Bulls, Kobe’s Lakers, Kawhi and PG’s Clippers
27:36 – Coronavirus Escrow-ing Pains
40:04 – No Fans, Big Problems For the NBA?