ESPN’s The Last Dance developed a cultish following after its release in April, becoming the primary topic of discussion on Sunday night Twitter, in seemingly no time at all. The 10-part docuseries is now on Netflix, though it feels like those catching the Emmy-nominated show during its second wind are already late. That being said, the media industry isn’t done telling the six-time NBA Champion’s story.
Starting Monday, Aug. 31, you’ll be able to listen to the 10-part podcast series on Audible Inc., produced by Pushkin Industries in association with the NBA. The podcast will reportedly feature never-before-told stories on the living legend, with new interviews and stories that expose new layers from Jordan’s time with the Chicago Bulls.
Sports journalist J.A. Adande and former Chicago Bulls point guard Benjamin Roy “B. J.” Armstrong, who made a few appearances on The Last Dance, will co-host the podcast. The two will specifically take listeners to different parts of the ’97-98 NBA season. Armstrong, who once stared down MJ on the court during the Hornets v. Bulls 1998 playoffs before being obliterated in the next three games, said “[Jordan was just playing a different game than the rest of us. He let us play but he was there to win the game.”
NBA’s Senior Vice President of Global Media Distribution & Business Affairs David Denenberg calls this an exciting new venture for the league” in an official statement. “As we continue to reimagine our content and storytelling about our teams, players and history, ‘Beyond The Last Dance’ serves as a stepping stone as we pursue new opportunities in podcasting,” he said.
Armstrong took to Twitter to react to the public announcement with the best GIF possible: