Lessons in championships, triangles, and making more stars from the Chicago Bulls.

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The triangle offense illustrated, from episode four of The Last Dance

I don’t care a whit about sports, but I’ve been really enjoying The Last Dance, a new documentary series about the rise of the Chicago Bulls. Sportsball aside, the series is just plain great storytelling, about a group of extremely competitive, talented, egotistical, flawed, and driven human beings who came together, won a bunch of championships, made a bunch of money, and had a lasting impact on sports and culture.

There are also a few lessons to learn about scaling teams that apply far beyond basketball.

My favorite story arc so far comes in episode four. It’s the summer of 1989, and the Bulls coach, Doug Collins, is replaced with the new coach, Phil Jackson. Even at this early point in his career, Michael Jordan had established himself as an NBA star. When he got the ball in his hands, Jordan scored–and everybody knew it. …


Gina Trapani

Technology, culture, representation, and self-improvement. Once upon a time I started Lifehacker.

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