Tag: Chicago Bulls

‘NBA Jam’ Really Was Biased Against The Bulls Because Its Creator Was A Pistons Fan

NBA Jam is beloved among basketball fans and gamers alike. As of this writing, you can even get an NBA Jam-inspired shirt with your favorite team’s two best players on it in the team store, if it’s open. Decades later, its details and lore are still such that NBA Jam is one of the most […]

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Former Bulls Guard Craig Hodges Believes He Was Blackballed From The NBA For His Activism

In the wake of ESPN’s 10-part docuseries The Last Dance, many of Michael Jordan’s former teammates, friends, and competitors have added their voices to the conversation on various aspects of the story, many of them painting an unflattering portrait of one of the world’s foremost superstars. Jordan has taken it particularly hard for his refusal […]

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Michael Jordan Has Some Explaining to Do

Photo: FRANCK FIFE (AFP via Getty Images) Since ESPN’s The Last Dance aired, there’s been plenty of discussion as to whether or not Michael Jordan was involved in Isiah Thomas’ exclusion from arguably the greatest basketball team ever assembled: the 1992 Olympic Dream Team. Jordan has maintained for decades that he had nothing to do […]

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Dennis Rodman Checks Former Teammates Offended By The Last Dance: ‘I Don’t Think They Were Strong Enough to Handle That’

Photo: JEFF HAYNES (AFP via Getty Images) In the aftermath of ESPN’s The Last Dance, there have been quite a few ruffled feathers. Reports have surfaced about Scottie Pippen being “beyond livid” at his portrayal and another former teammate, Craig Hodges, ripped Michael Jordan for statements that he made about the team he joined as […]

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Jerry Sloan, Hall of Fame N.B.A. Guard and Coach, Dies at 78

Jerry Sloan, who entered the National Basketball Association as an unlikely prospect for a Hall of Fame career but carved out one nevertheless, as an All-Star guard with the Chicago Bulls and one of the winningest coaches in league history, died on Friday at his home in Salt Lake City. He was 78. The Utah […]

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Ahmad Rashad On Watching ‘The Last Dance’ With Jordan, ‘Inside Stuff’ And His Role In MJ’s Pregame Ritual

The Last Dance brought back a tremendous amount of 90’s nostalgia, as basketball fans were transported back to the era when Michael Jordan reigned over the league. It rekindled debates and discussions about Isiah Thomas being left off the Dream Team, Jordan’s first and second retirements, and a whole host of “what ifs.” It also […]

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Scottie Pippen Is Reportedly ‘Beyond Livid’ At Michael Jordan For His Portrayal In ‘The Last Dance’

ESPN’s The Last Dance finished its massively successful five-week run on Sunday, giving us the fitting conclusion to a series that has captivated viewers as fans around the world try to cope with the extended absence of professional sports. The backlash, however, was inevitable. Given Michael Jordan’s penchant for nurturing lifelong grudges and taking every […]

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Check Out The Trailer For The New VICE Documentary On The Nike Air Jordan Phenomenon

Now that The Last Dance has come to an end, many of us have been left jonesing for whatever Michael Jordan content we can get our hands on. The final two episodes added a little extra to what has already been a wellspring of material, prompting Horace Grant to lash out at his former Bulls […]

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Jerry Reinsdorf Was ‘Not Pleased’ With Michael Jordan’s Comments About Going For A Seventh Championship

One of the final scenes in The Last Dance featured Michael Jordan expressing his dismay in Jerry Reinsdorf after the Chicago Bulls’ owner laid out why it wasn’t feasible for the team to run it back during the 1998-99 campaign. As Jordan explained, he would have signed a one-year deal if the opportunity presented itself, […]

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Ahmad Rashad: Jim Gray Complained To The NBA That I Got Special Access To The Bulls

Ahmad Rashad was a near ubiquitous presence in The Last Dance, as he popped up in Michael Jordan’s car driving to playoff games, in the back of the locker room chopping it up with Jordan, and, of course, hosting the infamous sunglasses interview in 1993 when Jordan addressed his gambling. The former NFL Pro Bowler […]

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Michael Jordan’s Game-Worn Sneakers Sell for $560,000

Being like Mike comes with a high price tag these days. A pair of Michael Jordan’s game-worn, autographed sneakers from his rookie season sold at an online Sotheby’s auction for $560,000 on Sunday, breaking the previous record for a sneaker, according to the auction house. Sotheby’s is not naming the buyer. The red, white and […]

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Michael Jordan’s Game-Worn ‘Air Jordan 1s’ Sneakers Sell for $560,000

Being like Mike comes with a high price tag these days. A pair of Michael Jordan’s game-worn, autographed sneakers from his rookie season sold at an online Sotheby’s auction for $560,000 on Sunday, breaking the previous record for a sneaker, according to the auction house. Sotheby’s is not naming the buyer. The red, white and […]

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The Last Dance Docuseries Sets Highest Viewership Total for an ESPN Original

Photo: Streeter Lecka (Getty Images) The Last Dance is a 10-part, in-depth docuseries about the life and career of NBA superstar Michael Jordan and his time with the Chicago Bulls, which aired on ESPN for the last five Sundays. Advertisement According to Variety, the series was prolific for the network itself, boasting high viewership and […]

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‘The Last Dance’ Introduced Michael Jordan’s Brilliant Imperfections To A New Generation

ESPN’s hit docuseries chronicling Michael Jordan‘s final season as a member of the Chicago Bulls may have ended Sunday night after a 5-week run. But for many people in my generation, “The Last Dance” was also the beginning of an official introduction to the human behind the legendary, seemingly immortal superstar. My father lived in […]

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Michael Jordan On Whether He Pushed Off On His Final Bulls Shot: ‘Bullsh*t’

Michael Jordan owns a number of the most famous shots in basketball history. Arguably none of them are more famous than the bucket he made in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals, in which he pulled up from the free throw line and drew nothing but net to put the Chicago Bulls ahead of […]

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Dennis Rodman Looked Back On His ‘Detour’ To WCW With Hulk Hogan During The NBA Finals

The 10th and final episode of The Last Dance went into a story that we all know and love, but never ceases to be captivating: Dennis Rodman missing practice the day after Game 3 of the 1998 NBA Finals to go to Michigan for a taping of WCW Nitro with Hulk Hogan. As Carmen Electra […]

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Michael Jordan Explained How ‘The Flu Game’ Was Really The ‘Bad Pizza Game’

Michael Jordan’s performance in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals has long become infamous as “The Flu Game,” as he battled an illness that required an IV before the game and put forth a 38-point effort — including a clutch three late — in 44 minutes played (along with seven assists, five rebounds, and […]

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Bryon Russell Ended Up On Michael Jordan’s ‘List’ For Trash Talking Him In 1995

Episode 9 of The Last Dance begins with the 1998 Chicago Bulls’ quest to beat the Utah Jazz in the NBA Finals, but in order to provide some context to that series, things jump back to the previous year’s Finals, which pitted the two sides against one another. Chicago, of course, would go on to […]

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Five ‘Last Dance’ Followups We Want To See From Unused Footage

The Last Dance comes to a close on Sunday night with the ninth and tenth episodes of ESPN’s 10-hour documentary on Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls. It has been a highly entertaining watch and a welcome escape for sports fans each week, even with the warranted questions about Jordan’s involvement in the production […]

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Steve Kerr Believes ‘The Last Dance’ Is ‘Confirmation’ Of What He Told The Warriors About Success

One thing that is evident throughout The Last Dance is that excellence takes a toll on people. On multiple occasions during the Chicago Bulls’ first three-peat, it’s mentioned that the pressure everyone in the organization was under got to be overwhelming, with Michael Jordan being so mentally exhausted that he left basketball altogether. Their second […]

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Steve Kerr Broke Down Why The Bulls Were So Great In Crunch Time On ‘Detail’

The official title of Steve Kerr’s episode of DETAIL, the ESPN+ series that has served as an accompaniment to The Last Dance over the past month, is “Fourth Quarter Comeback,” but it really should just be “Another Michael Jordan Takeover.” The Bulls defend well, sure, against the Utah Jazz in the final period of Game […]

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Stephen A. Smith Will Host A Special After ‘The Last Dance’ Concludes

With eight episodes released and two more episodes to come, ESPN’s The Last Dance documentary is still generating a great deal of discussion, both during and after the program airs. Anticipation is exceptionally high for the climax on Sunday, May 17 but, if fans of Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls are still looking […]

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John Salley: Michael Jordan ‘Loved Everybody’ On The Pistons Except Bill Laimbeer

The Last Dance has given us so many memorable moments over the past month, it’s hard to know how we’re supposed to fill the void after the upcoming finale this Sunday. In terms of sheer entertainment value, it’s no surprise that some of the best content has come from the bitter rivalry between Michael Jordan’s […]

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Jordan’s 1st Retirement, Gary Payton’s Got Jokes, and Other Takeaways From the 4th Night of ESPN’s The Last Dance

Photo: Tim Zielenbach (AFP via Getty Images) I’m gonna need this docuseries to stop being so damn good. On Sunday night, ESPN’s The Last Dance ventured into the circumstances surrounding Jordan’s first retirement and other topics of interest, so for those who were unable to enjoy Episodes 7 and 8, here were some of the […]

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Michael Jordan Laughed Hysterically At Gary Payton Saying His Defense ‘Took A Toll’ In The ’96 Finals

The 1996 NBA Finals pit the Chicago Bulls against the Seattle SuperSonics. While Seattle was a really good team led by Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton, the Bulls had just won 72 games during the regular season and seemed all but assured to win a ring, something that was a game away from confirmation when […]

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Michael Jordan Got Locked In For The 96 Finals After Sonics Coach George Karl Ignored Him At A Restaurant

One recurring theme in episode eight of The Last Dance is that Michael Jordan was really good at taking any slight against him — even ones he made up in his head — and turning them into the motivation he needed to destroy opponents. An example of this came prior to the 1996 NBA Finals, […]

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Steve Kerr Earned Michael Jordan’s Respect After Their Practice Fight In 1995

The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls are perhaps the greatest team in basketball history. Michael Jordan’s first full season back in the NBA following his hiatus in Major League Baseball saw Chicago win a then-record 72 games and a championship, kicking off the franchise’s second three-peat. Having said that, while the team won a bunch, there were […]

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Here’s Why Michael Jordan Wore No. 45 And Why He Went Back To No. 23

Michael Jordan’s return to the NBA 18 months after his shocking retirement was a momentous occasion. Jordan didn’t play especially well in his return in Indiana, but over the closing stretch of the 1994-95 season he had some incredibly memorable moments — most notably his “Double Nickel” game in Madison Square Garden — all while […]

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BJ Armstrong’s Story About Michael Jordan Coming Back To The NBA Sounds A Lot Like ‘Space Jam’

Michael Jordan had a lot of time on his hands in from late-1994 to early-1995. That period coincided with Jordan’s decision to try his hand at playing baseball, but after his first year in the minors, Major League Baseball experienced a gigantic work stoppage. When the time came for the league to attempt to bring […]

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Michael Jordan Got Emotional Explaining Why He Was Such A Demanding Teammate

Stories of Michael Jordan’s intense nature and competitive fire, particularly in practice, have become legendary, and the hope when The Last Dance was announced was we would get a chance to see some examples of those with the footage from that season. To this point, the practice footage of Jordan has been minimal, although the […]

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