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In the wake of "The Last Dance," ex-teammates and compatriots of Michael Jordan have come out hard against the manner in which some of the events of the Bulls' dynasty were portrayed in the documentary.
Horace Grantthat he was the lone source for "The Jordan Rules" (which Sam Smith, who authored the book, corroborated). Craig Hodges (along with Grant) called Jordan out for the Bulls' "Traveling Cocaine Circus" anecdote in Episode 1. Ron Harper that Jordan's reputation as a tyrannical teammate was exaggerated.
Jason Hehir: Michael Jordan went deep early in first ‘Last Dance’ interview
"The Last Dance" director Jason Hehir pulled back the curtain on the emotional climax of the docuseries so far on ESPN's "Jalen & Jacoby Aftershow."After the airing of each couplet of "The Last Dance" episodes, director Jason Hehir has been offering tremendous insight into the process of making the film on ESPN's "Jalen & Jacoby Aftershow" with Jalen Rose and David Jacoby.
Kendrick Perkins, while lacking any association with those Bulls teams, played 14 years in the NBA and took it upon himself to criticize the way the Jordan-sanctioned documentary characterized his teammates in a recent appearance on ESPN's The Jump.
"When you look at ‘The Last Dance,' the whole documentary, it made Michael Jordan look like a superhero, and it made everybody else look like a villain," Perkins said. "Michael Jordan broke every player code imaginable… Some of the things he was saying with Scott Burrell, saying that he was in the club every night. Talking about what Horace Grant said about guys doing drugs, everyone except for him (Jordan). And then, ‘The Last Dance' hurt Scottie Pippen. People today are looking at Scottie Pippen like a selfish individual.
Charles Barkley calls out Michael Jordan for only bullying certain teammates: 'He knows who to pick on'
Barkley called out Jordan on Tuesday, saying Jordan only bullied certain teammates because he knew they wouldn’t fight back. Barkley lobbed that criticism at Jordan during an appearance on “The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz." Barkley said Jordan has “selective prosecution” when it comes to bullying teammates. It means Jordan only picked on guys who wouldn’t “whoop the hell out of you,” according to Barkley. We catch up with the always outspoken Charles Barkley to get his reaction to The Last Dance and find out whether or not he and Michael Jordan can ever mend their relationship.- Lorenzo pic.twitter.
"At the end of the day, ‘The Last Dance' was to praise Mike - which it should have been - but you didn't have to tear down other people to praise your greatness, because your greatness alone speaks volumes for itself."
Longtime NBA reporter Jackie MacMullan, also on The Jump panel, elucidated how some former teammates of Jordan felt watching the documentary based on conversations she's had.
"When they heard ‘The Last Dance,' they were thinking, ‘Oh, it's about our team,'" MacMullan said. "Well, no, it's about one of the more compelling athletes who ever lived, it's mostly about Michael. So I think some of them felt duped right from the get-go.
"Everybody's truths are different… We could put five NBA players in a room and ask them to recount something that happened 20 years ago, and we'd get five different stories. That's just how it works. Everybody remembers it a certain way relative to themselves, oftentimes. And I think that's some of what we're saying here."
Scottie Pippen 'beyond livid' about how Michael Jordan portrayed him in doc
Scottie Pippen is reportedly unhappy with how he was portrayed in the Michael Jordan hit documentary 'The Last Dance'.The miniseries takes a behind-the-scenes look at the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls and their run to a sixth title with Jordan leading the charge.
Jordan indeed had editorial control over the documentary, a condition necessary to gaining interview access to him and unlocking the behind-the-scenes footage captured by the NBA from the 1997-98 season. ESPN agreed to that trade-off, and to great success. The ramifications are on full display as the dust settles.
But, as The Jump host Rachel Nichols says at the end of the segment: "History is written by the victors, Michael Jordan was the ultimate victor."
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ESPN keeps 'Last Dance' vibes going with movie about Game 6 of 1998 NBA Finals .
“The Last Dance” closed its run Sunday night, but a version of the 1998 Chicago Bulls team will still be on TV screens later this week. “Game 6: The Movie” will cover the title-clinching Game 6 the 1998 NBA Finals between the Bulls and the Utah Jazz. The final game of the series is considered one of the most dramatic games in NBA history, sealed by Michael Jordan’s game-winning shot. “Rarely, if ever, do you have the opportunity to showcase one of the most storied games in NBA history in an innovative, new presentation that includes never-before-seen material that takes fans further inside the action.