Sports documentaries we would love to see.
The ESPN documentary, The Last Dance about the Michael Jordan led Chicago Bullspremiered Sunday, April 19th, and has been a massive hit. Six million people tuned in to watch the documentary's first two episodes. Lots of discussion about Jordan arises each Sunday night when ESPN releases two new episodes of the documentary. That got me thinking, what are some other topics ESPN should do a documentary on?
Oklahoma City Thunder’s Big Three
There was a time when the Oklahoma City Thunder had Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden. This very young trio helped the Thunder reach the NBA finals in 2012 and the future looked extremely bright. However, due to being unable to agree on a long-term contract, the Thunder traded James Harden to the Houston Rockets before the 2012-2013 season. Little did the Thunder know that Harden would go on to become one of the league’s best players. Even without Harden, the Thunder were still title contenders because of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook but never ended up returning to the NBA finals after 2012. What if the Thunder were able to keep Durant, Westbrook, and Harden? These three eventual MVP winners could have made the Thunder a dynasty.
Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers were just 26-38 in four seasons before hiring Jim Harbaugh as their head coach. The team had a massive turnaround as they made the NFC championship in each of Harbaugh’s first three seasons and reached a Super Bowl. This team quickly turned into a powerhouse and it looked like they would dominate for years to come. However, the team parted ways with Harbaugh after they went 8-8 in 2014. That was a disappointing campaign, but Harbaugh’s first three seasons clearly showed that he deserved to be the team's head coach. Why did the 49ers suddenly collapse after three consecutive NFC championship game appearances?
2019-2020 LSU Tigers
The recent national champions went 15-0 and are arguably the best college football team of all time. The LSU Tigers defeated the teams that finished the season ranked 2nd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 14th in the entire country. The Tigers set the record for most points scored in a single season and their quarterback, Joe Burrow won the Heisman trophy. 14 players from this national-championship winning team got selected in the recent NFL draft, the next closest team had just 10 players drafted.
2002- 2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This is one of the more forgotten Super Bowl-winning teams of all time. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl right in the middle of the stretch where the Patriots won three championships in four years. Jon Gruden was the coach of this Tampa Bay team and winning the Super Bowl greatly helped his legacy. How were the 2002- 2003 Buccaneers so dominant?
Andy Reid has had a fascinating career. Despite making 5 NFC championship games with the Eagles, he was never able to win a Super Bowl in Philadelphia. Eventually, Reid left Philadelphia and became the Chiefs head coach. Reid is a big reason why Patrick Mahomes has quickly evolved into the league’s best quarterback. This past season, Reid got over the hump and captured his first Super Bowl.
Tim Duncan's San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs with Tim Duncan were one of the best dynasties the league has ever seen. Between 1998 and 2014, the team won five championships and were always amongst the best teams in the sport. However, despite winning two league MVPs and five championships, Duncan never received the amount of attention other NBA superstars like Lebron James and Kobe Bryant did. It would be very interesting to know what made Duncan and the Spurs so dominant.
It's hard to remember this now because he currently coaches their rival, but Saban was once the head coach at LSU and won a national title in Baton Rouge. Saban later left LSU for the Miami Dolphins and didn't have nearly the same amount of success so he returned to the SEC and went to Alabama. In four seasons before Nick Saban was Alabama's head coach, the team went just 26-24. In 13 seasons with the team, Saban has made seven national championships and won five of them. Saban has had an interesting and extremely successful career.
2010-2014 Miami Heat
The Miami Heat during this time period was arguably the most polarizing team we have ever seen. It felt like everybody either loved them or hated them. After proclaiming he would win seven titles in Miami, Lebron James won two championships in four seasons with the Miami Heat. What made this team so dominant when they were at their best? Could Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh have won more titles if they played with each for more than four seasons?
2014-2015 Kentucky Wildcats
This team had two future NBA stars in Karl Anthony Towns and Devin Booker along with a plethora of 5-star recruits. They hadn't lost a game all season heading into their final four matches against Wisconsin. The Wildcats were two wins away from not only winning a national championship but also finishing the season 40-0. However, their dreams were cut short when Wisconsin defeated them 71-64. How was Kentucky able to win their first 38 games? Why did they end up falling short?