ESPN’s popular ‘The Last Dance’ documentary will be used as motivational tool by Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge, according defender Jason Johannisen.
The 10-part docuseries focuses on Michael Jordan’s NBA career which culminated in the Chicago Bulls winning a sixth championship in 1998.
“He [Beveridge] has been pretty positive… he knows it’s been a tough time for the players,” Johannisen told SEN Breakfast.
“But he’s kept us engaged and I think he’s going to use a bit of The Last Dance philosophy to get us ready for Round 2.
“When Michael Jordon was trying to get to the Finals and how hard he had to work to get there, I think he’ll probably use that sort of mentality for us to hopefully have a successful season.”
The Bulldogs couldn’t review their Round 1 lost to Collingwood as the team went into isolation on the Monday following the clash. The 2016 Norm Smith Medallist said slow ball movement cost them that game.
“It was difficult because we went into isolation straight away that Monday and we couldn’t really review the game,” Johannisen said.
“I think the biggest learnings we got is that we couldn’t move the ball and that’s been a focus since we’ve been back at training. We need to be more direct and move the ball better.
“All credit to Collingwood, they were fantastic on that night. We still feel like we’ve got a lot of things to work on and can improve on.”
The Dogs reopen their season against the Saints in Round 2 at Marvel Stadium on June 14.