Episodes 3 and 4 of "The Last Dance" might have surpassed even 1 and 2 in terms of entertainment value. But we're just getting started with this story.
ESPN didn't wait long to start teasing next week's episodes, dropping this trailer shortly after the conclusion of Sunday night's events:
The clip begins with Phil Jackson recounting Jerry Krause inviting him to his office with "about 25" different quotations from... "the book" earmarked and organized. Krause was suspicious of players on the team leaking team information to the press, and his question for Jackson was simple:
"Who do you think could do this? Were you a part of this?"
The book in question is, presumably, "The Jordan Rules" by Sam Smith, then covering the team for the Chicago Tribune. Its release in 1991 sparked controversy for its perceived criticisms of Michael Jordan and the Bulls, then on a meteoric rise.
Present-day Jordan quickly dismisses the idea of him having a role in leaking what eventually became the contents of the book, deflecting the blame to Horace Grant.
"As we started winning championships, and everybody talked about Michael, and then everybody talked about everybody else, that really pissed off Horace," Will Perdue said in the trailer. "He felt slighted."
The trailer ends with a forceful denial of any involvement from Grant, who said he never "divulged anything to Sam Smith." Given that Smith has been heavily featured as an interviewee through the first four episodes, we could really get to the bottom of this case.
While the joy of the Bulls' ascension and its principles took center stage this week, it appears we're delving back into the drama on May 3. We're here for all of it.