Happy St. Patricks Day!
I’m going to celebrate by wearing all green, sitting on my all green couch, and completely avoiding all human interaction!
- DO IT OR YOU’RE A COWARD, ESPN!
RED ALERT: ESPN has changed the end of their ads for The Last Dance documentary to “Coming Soon” 👀 pic.twitter.com/Sw7c2R2iCw
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) March 15, 2020
- Welp, I guess they’re cowards.
Bad news. Doesn't look like ESPN will move up release of 'The Last Dance' Michael Jordan Bulls doc: 'The reality is that the production of that film has not yet been completed, so we are limited there at the moment. Obviously, you can’t air it until it’s done,' says Burke Magnus.
— Michael McCarthy (@MMcCarthyREV) March 17, 2020
- ESPN’s Executive Vice President of Programming and Scheduling Burke Magnus (what a name) announced on Tuesday that The Last Dance will not be hitting our television screens any time soon. Originally set to release in June, fans were hoping ESPN might move-up the release of its highly-anticipated 10-part documentary series to help fill this sport-less void. Unfortunately, according to Magnus (again, what a name), the series isn’t even ready to be released. And while, of course, I understand you can’t share anything until there is a finished product, this is a huge bummer. I’m sure ESPN is kicking themselves a bit for not having this thing ready to air. I’m not saying it’s necessarily right to take advantage of this troubled time, but there is no denying ESPN would have garnered an incredible amount of viewers, let alone praise, for choosing to share the documentary early. With no live sports to cling onto, this would have served as the distraction many of us need.
- I do want to point out though, Magnus technically didn’t rule out an early release. He simply said “you can’t air it until it’s done,” so I wouldn’t be shocked to hear ESPN is trying to speed up the process a bit. In a larger quote shared by NBC Sports Chicago, Magnus did say: “Overall, any original content project that we can conceivably move up, we are obviously considering that, including films.” Fingers crossed some fairy god-editor swoops down to grant our wish!
- Adrian Wojnarowski talked all things COVID-19 in his latest edition of the Woj Pod. The gist of the podcast is nobody, including league commissioner Adam Silver, has any clear idea of how the NBA will proceed. According to Woj, Silver is open to all ideas when it comes to figuring out a way to successfully complete this season.
The NBA Shutdown on The Woj Pod: Answering your questions on what’s happening in wake of the coronavirus pandemic – and what comes next for the NBA.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 17, 2020
- Woj does say the league seems to prefer an idea that involves playing out the rest of the regular-season games. With some playoff matchups still too close to call and, you know, broadcast deals that are worth a ton of money, finding a way to play all scheduled games is understandably preferred. However, as Woj repeatedly makes clear, nothing is set in stone and the league is open to everything.
- NBC Sports Chicago’s Rob Schaefer dips his foot into trying to figure out the best way to continue this season … and I think two of these options are realistic. A fun read though!
We're just spitballing here: https://t.co/H2UO1znMm3
— Bulls Talk (@NBCSBulls) March 17, 2020
- Social distancing is your new best friend, and The Athletic has come up with a bunch of fun things you two can do together!
- If no basketball is tough for all of us, imagine what it’s like for the players. Sheer boredom has taken over, and we’re only on Day 6! Let’s take a look at how some guys are spending their time!
- Thaddeus Young with some wholesome family fun.
Game night with the family for the next 2 weeks …. stay safe people pic.twitter.com/axX8Ix0eXS
— Thad Young (@yungsmoove21) March 16, 2020
- Wendell Carter Jr. with, uh, the EXACT opposite.
Day 5 without basketball: pic.twitter.com/BpeI5XRvZG
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) March 16, 2020
- Ja Morant is in denial, guys.
Ja keeping that energy up during the hiatus, full uniform and all 😂
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 16, 2020
- A friendly reminder that Zach LaVine performed better than Trae Young in the 2020 3-point shootout.
Trae Young is staying busy while social distancing 😂 pic.twitter.com/LAZLTgDQqo
— Stadium (@Stadium) March 17, 2020
- *Mike Breen Voice:* BANG, OH WHAT A WASH BY SERGE!
— Serge Ibaka (@sergeibaka) March 16, 2020
- One of these is not like the other (it’s Dwayne Wade).
Jordan leaving Bulls. Wade leaving Heat. Brady leaving Patriots. None should have happened.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) March 17, 2020
- Speaking of Brady though, isn’t that wild he actually left the Patriots!?
There It Is: Tom Brady is Leaving the Patriots https://t.co/sOStF19COV
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) March 17, 2020