'The Last Dance' is ESPN's most watched documentary ever

Brenda Watkins
May 20, 2020

ESPN's 10-part documentary series, The Last Dance, offered a fascinating look at Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. ESPN aired the final episode of the wildly popular Michael Jordan documentary on Sunday but one of the National Basketball Association superstar's former teammates has already taken issue with the show. But yet, and still, he goes out and puts this lie out that I was the source behind (the book). Why would MJ just point me out? "But all of that was kind of edited out of the documentary, if you want to call it a documentary". "Mike is sitting at the chair, he's playing cards or whatever, raises his hand and says, 'Thanks man.' The guy looks at me and shuts the door".

Although Grant admitted to being "great friends" with the book's author, Sam Smith, he insisted he had always protected the "sanctity of that locker room".

But Grant, whose relationship with Jordan soured and who later left for the Orlando Magic, denied the accusations and said Jordan merely holds a "grudge". 'If you want it, you come and get it.' And of course, he didn't move. Yes, a lot of the behind-the-scenes footage from locker rooms and planes, kept in the vault all that time, was wonderful, and looking back I'm not sure what I expected considering the role Jordan played in clearing the documentary to be made.

Despite agreeing to participate in the documentary, Grant said that he hadn't spoke with Jordan in three years. But in terms of Will Perdue, Steve Kerr and the young man, Scott Burrell, that was heartbreaking.

"The crap story the guy said, that there was five people, there was two of us - and I didn't even have that many people working at the time at the store - but there was two of us", Fite said.

"It's only a grudge, man".

"I told him, 'I'm not as enamored with you as these other guys".

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Horace Grant, who won three titles alongside Jordan with the Bulls, called it a "so-called documentary", questioning the accuracy of some of the editing. When you say something about him, he's going to cut you off, he's going to try to destroy your character'.

Scottie Pippen, who was the second-best player on Jordan's great Bulls teams, is also said to have been unhappy with his portrayal in The Last Dance.

Fite is not the only one that took issue with some stories from "The Last Dance" documentary. There wasn't one moment that they said take this out because it doesn't reflect well on Michael'.

In the documentary, Jordan - along with personal trainer Tim Grover and best friend George Koehler - recall ordering a pizza to their hotel room in Salt Lake City, Utah, the night before the game.

"I ate the pizza", Jordan said.

Hehir did not explain why the pair of ballers declined to be in The Last Dance, but Clutch Points suggests it likely has to do with reliving the pain of losing back-to-back to the Bulls in the Finals.

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