A different GOAT discussion pertaining to "The Last Dance"

May 18, 2020 - 3:42 am

Michael Jordan's documentary series "The Last Dance" has taken over the sports world as the go-to program, without the presence of live sports. Of course, with viewers of all ages getting an inside look at Jordan and the Chicago Bulls's six championships in the 1990s, the debate of who is the greatest of all time has re-ignited. The documentary has confirmed or convinced some that Jordan is the "GOAT" while others have dug their feet in on the likes of LeBron James claiming that title.

It is a fun back and forth discussion that has a lot of good points on both sides. There is however another GOAT discussion that should be taking place after the conclusion of the documentary on Sunday.

Then-Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson might have the most impressive resume of any coach in NBA history. Maybe even in the history of sports.

Jackson's triangle offense took over the association in the 90's, and the first decade of the 2000's. With Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading his team on the court, Jackson was the head coach for all six NBA titles in Chicago. The six rings is even more impressive when it came in the form of two three-peats.

Unlike the six Super Bowls won by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in New England that were spread out over a 20-year span, Jackson and the Bulls won all six world titles in eight years.

Having one of, if not the greatest player in NBA (or even sports) history was the key factor in the Bulls dynasty, but that shouldn't lessen Jackson's role in it all.

His value to the team was evident in 1994 when Jordan retired and decided to play professional baseball. Jackson re-invented the Bulls offense into a ball-sharing, fast-paced unit that was one game away from making it to the Eastern Conference Finals.

One championship run is a tough, draining process in the series format of the NBA playoffs. To be able to keep your team in the disciplined mindset, stringing together three consecutive Larry O'Brien trophies twice? It is something perhaps nobody will ever do again.

Not even the Miami Heat "Big 3" or the super team of Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson in Golden State could pull it off.

Jackson didn't just lead Chicago to multiple three-peats. After somehow getting fired by the Bulls after their sixth and final championship in 1998, Jackson only needed two years before he won another three-straight with Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Three three-peats for one head coach? Now that is something I'd bet never happens again in the history of sports.

To add the cherry on top, Jackson would repeat again with the Lakers in 2009 and 2019. So 11 championships that came in the form of three three-peats and a repeat.

This has been well documented history, but it is a run that isn't talked about enough. There may have been multiple GOATs featured in "The Last Dance".

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