Michael Jordan ESPN Documentary Moved up to April in Wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic

While leagues around the world have stopped all levels of the sport due to the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN decided to move up the released of the 10-episode documentary, "The Last Dance."

Initially scheduled for June, the highly anticipated documentary series about Michael Jordan will now kick off on April 19, according to ESPN's recent post on Twitter.

In an announcement, ESPN said that a lot of fans are requesting them to move up the release date for this series, as reported by PEOPLE.

Michael Jordan at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Michael Jordan at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

"THE LAST DANCE"

The cable sports channel added that they're glad to declare they've had the option to quicken the production schedule to do that.

"This project celebrates one of the greatest players and dynasties ever," ESPN continued, "and we hope it can serve as a unifying entertainment experience to fill the role that sports often play in our lives."

According to PEOPLE, the documentary series offers an intimate portrait of the NBA legend. In "The Last Dance," fans can watch the never-before-seen footage of Jordan and his then-team the Chicago Bulls captured all through their successful 1997-98 championship season.

Michael Jordan on May 10, 1997 at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia. | Photo: Getty Images

Michael Jordan on May 10, 1997 at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia. | Photo: Getty Images

SPORTS SUPERSTARS

For the documentary, more than a hundred people close to the athlete and the team were interviewed. Director Jason Hehir said in a statement that Jordan and the '90s Bulls weren't simply sports geniuses, they were a worldwide wonder. 

Jordan made headlines when he praised Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.

MADE HEADLINES

Jordan played 15 seasons in the NBA. He won six titles with the Chicago Bulls and catching the lead scoring title a record ten times. He was additionally the league MVP five times, and Finals MVP a record six times.

In 1993, Jordan, who currently owns the Charlotte Bobcats, first retired from the NBA to begin a new career in baseball. However, the star returned to the Bulls in March 1995.

Michael Jordan speaks during The Celebration of Life for Kobe & Gianna Bryant at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Michael Jordan speaks during The Celebration of Life for Kobe & Gianna Bryant at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Four years later, Jordan would proceed to retire for the second time. Alongside the Washington Wizards, he returned to the sport to play two more NBA seasons — 2001 and 2003.

Jordan made headlines when he praised Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, who were both killed in a January 26 helicopter crash, at a memorial in Los Angeles, PEOPLE reported.

Jordan said he's "grateful to be here to honor Gigi and celebrate the gift that Kobe gave us all." He added that Bryant was like his little brother.

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