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Let me first say that I hope there are no spoiler alerts going on here, but this is your fair warning. If you haven’t watched the last two episodes of “The Last Dance” — you might skip this column.

Although I will tell you that most likely you know the ending outcome, there is a part that might come out in this that will shock you about a certain game that Michael Jordan had.

Alright. With that out of the way, if you have watched ESPN on Sunday evening the last several weeks, you might have seen the documentary about Jordan and the dominant Chicago Bulls teams he led.

The last two episodes were the ones I vividly remember — they were the beginning of my basketball watching of title number five and six for Jordan’s career.

My father, who grew up in Kentucky, which I like to refer to as college basketball country, had game six of the 1998 NBA Finals between the Bulls and Utah Jazz on the television. This was my first chance to witness history in sporting events.

During one of the episodes of “The Last Dance,” a quote from MJ kind of made me think of something and gave me an “a-ha” moment.

Jordan said: “Why would I think about missing a shot I haven’t taken yet.” 

That statement was so true as I watched the final episode and saw the most famous shot that ended his Bulls tenure with a sixth championship and dispatched the Utah Jazz for the second straight finals.

As everyone who watched the series saw, Jordan was the type of person who had no fear and used different types of motivation as he went for his ultimate goal of winning several championships.

“The Last Dance” series as a whole was a look back into several of my big childhood moments and how I began learning life lessons can be tied to sports.

This was one of the reasons I got into sports as a player and now writer. I took shots without the fear of missing them and making me look like a failure.

With the series progressing the way it did and showing the moments that defined the career of many athletes, Jordan proved one thing: Having “fear of failure” is something that shouldn’t be in anyone’s vocabulary.

I highly recommend everyone to watch this series as life lessons are important to learn. I feel like that no matter what, you should never think about missing a shot that hasn’t been taken yet.

Andy Morphew is the Sports Editor for The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 123 or by e-mail at andy.morphew@duncanbanner.com.

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