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Michael Jordan was a force of nature who inhabited that rarefied space above mere greatness

Tommy Conlon


Tommy Conlon has been enthralled by The Last Dance, the 10-part story of Jordan's epic career

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Michael Jordan in action for the Chicago Bulls. Photo: Brian Bahr/AFP via Getty Images

Michael Jordan in action for the Chicago Bulls. Photo: Brian Bahr/AFP via Getty Images

AFP via Getty Images

Michael Jordan in action for the Chicago Bulls. Photo: Brian Bahr/AFP via Getty Images

At the start of this odyssey into Michael Jordan, one veteran chronicler of his life and times says that only two other sportsmen in history stand comparison: Babe Ruth and Muhammad Ali.

The chronicler is American so it is surprising that he has omitted Tiger Woods, and perhaps less so that he has omitted Pele, Maradona, Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Usain Bolt and Roger Federer among others could be in the conversation too.

But then you are taken deeper into the story and as the tales of his colossal feats build up layer upon layer, season after season, you find yourself reaching for parallels even beyond these rare pioneers of human originality.