ESPN’s The Last Dance -- the docuseries that centered on the Chicago Bulls’ championship dynasty -- received critical acclaim for multiple reasons. Not only did it offer an intimate look into the personal life and mindset of Michael Jordan, but it also captured the exciting nature of the NBA of the ‘90s. This was greatly aided by interviews with some of Jordan’s key teammates and rivals. Although director Jason Hehir was able to get plenty former players in front of the camera, he admits there were some that were hard to get a hold of:
NBA fans no doubt know just how dominant the Michael Jordan-led Bulls teams were, and you can bet that those memories are still deeply engrained in their opponents’ minds. Jason Hehir would go on to tell Collider that it took some time to convince Utah Jazz legend John Stockton to take part in the project. Luckily, the filmmaker was able to make an appeal to the Hall of Famer:
Basketball fans should certainly be appreciative of Hehir for convincing John Stockton to appear in The Last Dance. As he pointed out, because Stockton was one of the top players of that time, his absence in the doc would have been all too noticeable.
On that note, there are stars that The Last Dance was unable to secure, but there’s one missing star that stands out the most for Hehir:
Karl Malone and Michael Jordan were fierce competitors and, with both being top players in the ‘90s, they delighted fans with some thrilling games. However, Jordan would ultimately best the Utah Jazz legend in their two NBA Finals meetings.
The Last Dance has drawn somewhat mixed responses from players who were featured. Former Chicago Bull Horace Grant was displeased with the way he was portrayed, and Scottie Pippen (who was initially reported to be upset) had no problem with it. And Steve Kerr seemed to be humorously concerned with his physical appearance in the show.
While it would’ve been exciting to have more NBA greats in The Last Dance, the show still provided us with plenty of big names like Magic Johnson, Gary Payton and even the late Kobe Bryant.
The Last Dance is currently streaming on Netflix.
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