The Last Dance Episodes 7-8: Where to Watch ESPN's Michael Jordan Documentary

The penultimate weekly installment of The Last Dance lands on Sunday, with the seventh and eighth episodes of ESPN's 10-part documentary set to premiere on the network.

Both episodes will land on Netflix early Monday morning.

There was a lot to unpack in episodes 5 and 6 of the documentary, which chronicles Michael Jordan's final season with the Chicago Bulls.

From Jordan's penchant for gambling to his desire to sign for Adidas before becoming a global icon for Nike and the Bulls' intense rivalry with the New York Knicks and the politics behind the 1992 Dream Team, both episodes were absolutely jam-packed with storylines.

Episodes 7 and 8 will focus on Jordan's first retirement and his brief and unsuccessful foray in baseball, as well as delve further into the Bulls' 1998 playoff run.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Sunday.

When does The Last Dance air?

The seventh episode will premiere at 9 p.m. ET on May 10 on ESPN, with the eighth episode to follow straight afterward. A version of the documentary edited for language will air simultaneously on ESPN2.

The final two episodes are scheduled for May 17.

The fifth and sixth episodes will be re-aired from 7 p.m. ET on ESPN on Sunday, ahead of the premiere of the two new episodes.

The seventh and eighth episodes of the documentary will premiere on Netflix at 12:01 a.m. PT on May 11.

Where can I watch The Last Dance?

The documentary is available on ESPN and ABC, while Netflix has snapped up the international rights. ESPN and ABC will make the documentary available on TV and online via their digital platforms, while Netflix users can access it via the Netflix app on TVs and connected devices, as well as online.

Episode 5-6 recap

Having focused on the feud the Bulls developed with the Detroit Pistons earlier in the documentary, Episodes 5 and 6 of The Last Dance delved into the rivalry between Chicago and the New York Knicks.

The animosity between the two franchises defined the Eastern Conference after the Pistons abdicated the throne in 199, with Chicago becoming for the Knicks what Detroit had been for the Bulls.

"We hated each other. It was extremely physical. It wasn't really a foul until you drew blood," former Knicks center Patrick Ewing said in the documentary.

The Bulls and the Knicks met six times in the playoffs from 1989 to 1996, with the former prevailing in five occasions, including three Eastern Conference semifinals. The Knicks prevailed in seven games in 1994 while Jordan was enjoying his first retirement, but normal service was restored two years later when MJ guided the Bulls to a 4-1 series win.

Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls
Michael Jordan (L) and Scottie Pippen (R) of the Chicago Bulls talk during the final minutes of their game in the 1997 NBA Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls won the game 75-68 to lead the series 2-0. Vincent Laforet/AFP/Getty

Off the court, episodes 5 and 6 delved into more personal aspects of Jordan's life, beginning with The Jordan Rules. Written by Sam Smith, who then covered the Bulls for the Chicago Tribune, the book revealed what life in Chicago's locker room was really like, including how Jordan's ferocious desire to win and relentless drive made him unpopular with some of his teammates.

Jordan swiftly dismissed the suggestion he was responsible for speaking to the press and singled out former teammate Horace Grant as the mole inside the locker room.

While former Bulls center Will Perdue agreed with Jordan, Grant refuted the suggestion.

Published in 1992, The Jordan Rules also lifted the veil on Jordan's passion for gambling, which became a headline story a year later when he left New York City during the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals to spend a few hours in a casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

In the documentary, Jordan insisted gambling has never been a problem for him and that he simply saw it as another venue into which he could channel his innate competitiveness.

Episode 5 also focused on Jordan's development into global icon through the medium of sneakers. Surprisingly, however, MJ revealed he originally wanted to sign with Converse and Adidas, before eventually settling for Nike.

Considering the swoosh brand has sold hundreds of millions of Air Jordan shoes and that Jordan's fortune has ballooned to over $2.1 billion according to Forbes estimates, it is fair to say the deal worked out well for both.

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