With sports ground to a halt because of the coronavirus pandemic, fans are clamouring for a fix.
On Monday in the United States, basketball fans got the best news possible about a highly anticipated Michael Jordan documentary, with reports ESPN will air the series sooner than expected.
The 10-part documentary titled “The Last Dance” was originally scheduled for a June release.
However, sports-starved fans - desperate for some respite amid the COVID-19 pandemic - have been urging the broadcaster to expedite the release of the documentary.
ESPN look to have answered those prayers with the New York Post reporting that the original release date has been brought forward to April 19.
The documentary will feature behind-the-scenes footage from Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls that ended with his sixth NBA championship in a Finals victory over the Utah Jazz in 1998.
With just three weeks until it hits screens around the world, basketball fans have inundated social media with excited reaction to the news.
Here's something that will get people excited: ABC/ESPN’s highly anticipated 10-part Michael Jordan documentary, “The Last Dance,” is being moved up to April, according to @AndrewMarchand.— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) March 31, 2020
Mark your calendars: the start date will be Sunday, April 19.
According to reports ESPN is planning to move the Michael Jordan doc up to April 👀 pic.twitter.com/p4V0Qog3le— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) March 31, 2020
The only thing I’m looking forward to is the Jordan documentary, coronavirus PLEASE DONT TAKE THIS AWAY FROM ME— Ri(doncic)ulos (@JoshHer43349134) March 31, 2020
I’m already knowing watching that Bulls documentary I’m going to go out and buy every Red and Black Jordan color way lol— JD (@jayfuckingdiaz) March 31, 2020
I can't wait for this Jordan documentary man— Randall (@Randy_1220) March 31, 2020
This Jordan documentary is about to be fuego🔥— Nate Davis (@ndavis35) March 31, 2020
This Jordan documentary is going to be legendary.— 🐍DaRona.🐍 (@zjones20) March 31, 2020
Exited that they moved up the Jordan documentary. Get to relive my childhood again 🙏🏽— Andy Lidder (@andylidder) March 31, 2020
An official announcement on the release date is expected from ESPN on Tuesday morning in the States, according to the report.
Ex-teammate reveals NBA All-Star's contempt for white players
Some of the best players in NBA history have shared a little bit of a bullying streak, and while Jimmy Butler has a long way to go before he reaches the top, there’s no doubt the Miami Heat star has the ruthlessness of a champion.
With the NBA season in limbo due to the coronavirus, players have used their time off to share stories about each other until competition can resume - and Butler’s fiery on court demeanour came up in a conversation between New Orleans sharpshooter JJ Redick and Heat gunner Duncan Robinson on the former’s podcast.
Redick, himself a former teammate of Butler’s when the pair played for the Philadelphia 76ers, revealed Butler was almost offended when guarded by him during Butler’s stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
As Butler dropped 38 points on Redick, who he would later team up with after being traded to Philly, the five-time All-Star was adamant no white player in the league was capable of guarding him.
“I guarded him on the block,” Redick said.
“And he later told me that he was mad they put a white guy on him.”
Robinson, an undrafted guard who fought his way onto the Heat roster this season, backed up Redick’s assessment of his teammate.
“He lets me know regularly in practice if we’re ever matched up that I can’t guard him,” Robinson added.
The Heat held the fourth seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference before the 2019/20 season was suspended indefinitely, boasting a 41-24 record.