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The Last Dance: Director Jason Hehir details production during coronavirus

The Last Dance: Director Jason Hehir details production during coronavirus

Jason Hehir, the director of “The Last Dance,” was just like you and me last night. When he sat down on his couch to watch the finale of his 10-part series, it was the first time he’d ever seen it on the big screen.

Hehir joined Mike Tirico on “Lunch Talk Live” on Monday to discuss his smash-hit show and offered up some behind-the-scenes info on how he and his team put it together.

“I had never seen those episodes on a television screen,” Hehir said on “Lunch Talk Live.” “I’ve only seen them on the laptop that I’m speaking to you on right now, because we finished those episodes in quarantine. So I’ve never seen those episodes on any screen bigger than the one in front of me right now.”

Crazy to consider, but that wasn’t the only way quarantine affected Hehir and his team as they wrapped up production.

“Technologically it was a big challenge, because we had to go from a multi-million dollar facility into our own apartments… we don’t have the same accoutrements that you would in a facility like that.

“But we have brilliant technical people on our team, and we have world-class editors who happen to have world-class set-ups already at home, so we were able to go pretty much seamlessly, and get large hard full with thousands of hours of footage into our apartments.

“Creatively it was difficult because we’re used to-- all these high points of the doc, of any project, are the product of an epiphany that you have in the room with the people you work with. Late at night when you’re ordering takeout, someone has an idea: Try this shot and over that cut of music. The ideas go from there.

“Well that was gone now, because we’re just on Zoom calls and emails and texts.”

Somehow, they pulled everything together, and it’s safe to say the collective sports world is thankful.

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: NBA, NHL seem close to return, MLB lurks in distance

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: NBA, NHL seem close to return, MLB lurks in distance

Laurence Holmes, David Haugh and Jay Cohen join Kap on a Memorial Day edition of SportsTalk Live.

0:00 - It looks like we’re getting closer to the return of team sports. The NBA is in talks to resume its season at Disney World, while the NHLPA approved a 24-team playoff format.

5:00 - MLB and the players continue to negotiate their restart plan.

13:00 - Sam Smith tells a San Francisco radio station the Michael Jordan lied in “The Last Dance” when he said he would have considered returning.

20:00 - The guys share their favorite non-title clinching moments in Chicago sports history.

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Top 'Last Dance' moments to get you through first Sunday without Michael Jordan

Top 'Last Dance' moments to get you through first Sunday without Michael Jordan

So you’re sitting around Sunday night, missing “The Last Dance.” We get it, we wish it was still on too.

To help us all get through this first week without it, we’ve compiled some of our favorite “Last Dance” stories so that we can remember the good times together.

Whether it’s your first time seeing some of these, or just a fun look back, we hope you enjoy.

Recounting the best quotes from “The Last Dance”

We’ve got Jordan, we’ve got Kobe Bryant, we’ve got Dennis Rodman-- and yes we’ve even got some Carmen Electra for you.

Michael Jordan jamming to different songs takes over Twitter

If there was one thing more fun than simply watching “The Last Dance,” it was talking with your friends and family about “The Last Dance.” Some of the after-show interviews with athletes, coaches and pundits added incredible insight. And sometimes a memelord would create something so fun that you couldn’t help but watch and laugh. This is one of those latter moments.

Rod Thorn: Michael Jordan didn’t ask for Isiah Thomas to be left off Dream Team

One of the biggest beefs in basketball has a light shined on it. But after all this time, there are still conflicting reports as to what happened back in 1992.

Did Utah pizza give Michael Jordan food poisoning and was it intentional?

The “flu game” is one of the most iconic performances in Michael Jordan’s career, but now we’ve learned it wasn’t the “flu game” at all! Certainly one of the most intriguing new wrinkles out of all the details we learned across the series.

Scottie Pippen on Jerry Krause: ‘The greatest general manager in the game’

The beef between Pippen and Krause was well documented, especially early in the series. But by the end even Pippen had to give it up for Krause.

Why Scott Burrell appreciated Michael Jordan's harsh leadership style

Arguably the most emotional moment we saw during Jordan’s interviews was when he described his leadership style with his teammates. It’s clear Jordan pushed the Bulls very hard, and it’s easy to see how it could rub some people the wrong way. But not Scott Burrell.

How Bulls helped Scottie Pippen earn millions more on way out of Chicago

After one early episode of “The Last Dance,” many people on social media were incredulous that Pippen’s long-term contract was never renegotiated considering his important contributions to the team. However our K.C. Johnson set the record straight for how the Bulls made things right with Pippen when he was on his way out of town.

Why running it back would not have yielded the Bulls a seventh title in 1998-99

To finish this post off, we’re going back to K.C. Johnson who tells us why the 1998 title would’ve been the last for the Bulls dynasty, no matter if Jordan, Jackson and co. returned, or not.

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