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Bulldogs to use “The Last Dance philosophy” ahead of season restart


Western Bulldogs speedster Jason Johannisen says coach Luke Beveridge will use The Last Dance documentary as a motivation tool for his players.

Johannisen took inspiration from watching the hugely popular 10-part docuseries that encapsulated Michael Jordan’s iconic 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 Jordan 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 2016 Norm Smith Medallist highlighted the need for quicker ball movement as a key takeaway from their Round 1 loss to Collingwood.

“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 Western Bulldogs take on St Kilda at Marvel Stadium on June 14.

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