Prior to this documentary’s release, Jordan was worried about how fans might react.
— Ryan Olthoff (@Dutch_magic) May 19, 2020
That's Da Real Michael Jordan We Just Seen On Episode 7. Someone Who Loved His Teammates‼ MJ Wanted To Take His Team To New Heights With Him. So He Had To Give Them Tough Love. THE RESULT WAS 6 BULLS CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS‼ AND 2 THREE PEATS TO GO WITH THEM. 🐐 AIR #23 pic.twitter.com/IJ6GyaN2Ja
— J.M.N.A.9357🐻⬇️ (@jmna9357) May 11, 2020
Director Jason Hehir explained to The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch:
“I said to him, ‘Why do you want to do this?’ And he said, ‘I don’t.’ And I said, ‘Why not?’ And he said, ‘When people see this footage, I’m not sure they’re going to be able to understand why I was so intense, why I did the things I did, why I acted the way I acted, and why I said the things I said.’
“He said there was a guy named Scotty Burrell who he rode for the entire season and, ‘When you see the footage of it, you’re going to think that I’m a horrible guy. But you have to realize that the reason why I was treating him like that is because I needed him to be tough in the playoffs and we’re facing the Indiana’s and Miami’s and New York’s in the Eastern Conference. He needed to be tough, and I needed to know that I could count on him. And those are the kind of things where people see me acting the way I acted in practice, they’re not going to understand it.’
“I said to him, ‘That’s great because this is an opportunity. We have 10 hours here to peel back the onion and have you articulate all the things you just articulated to me.'”
That intensity came through, but so did Jordan’s explanation for it. He articulated his motivations well. And, in the end, everything was geared toward accentuating his greatness.
Even the time spent on Jordan’s gambling or his intense interactions with teammates couldn’t derail the overall thrust of the documentary.
This was about Jordan’s greatness in each and every episode. Everything else was an appendage to that. Gambling problem? No, that was a competition problem. Brash and sometimes downright mean treatment of teammates? No, that was the game’s greatest leader preparing his soldiers for playoff battles.
And the brilliance of the documentary may shine even brighter knowing that it was, as Stockton said, a puff piece. Because, even with that understanding, it worked.
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Below are just few comments from people who watched the Last Dance docu- series.. Michael Jordan fear of thinking fans would think he was a jerk was wrong. They LOVED him and the series.
The mentality of a WINNER!
NO ONE like him before or after! pic.twitter.com/DpvsayYgvU
— It's just money. It's made up. (@d_kouts) May 11, 2020
— james mcT (@mct89) May 19, 2020
Just finished #TheLastDance and I can say it is THE best sports documentary I have watched till date.
— Ritvik Rai (@ritvikr7) May 19, 2020
Putting my 6-year-old daughter to bed, she looked at me and, with feeling in her eyes, said: “Daddy, I’m sorry your documentary is over.”
— Matt Smethurst (@MattSmethurst) May 19, 2020
— richieisaac (@isaac12311) May 19, 2020
Finished the final episode last night and it’s fair to say this was how Jordan sized up anyone he ever met, on and off the court, for the entirety of his career. #NoSpoilerSummary of #TheLastDance pic.twitter.com/7hdKPebP5e
— #Stern (@nickjohn) May 19, 2020
An amazing journey of repeat the three-peat in #TheLastDance which took us back to a time when and you had to tune-in or pick up the paper to get the scoop and everyone wanted to 'Be Like Mike' (two decades later, everyone still wants to). pic.twitter.com/TzBSo5BwIs
— Sean Stillmaker (@SeanStillmaker) May 19, 2020
Just finished #TheLastDance on Netflix. Best documentary I have ever watched.
Fascinating to see Michael Jordan's win-at-all-costs mentality. He would invent vendettas and imagine personal slights against him to motivate himself to beat particular opponents. An absolute mad man! pic.twitter.com/8pUVF1UVoT
— James Connor (@JamesConnor18) May 19, 2020
Finished #TheLastDance and what a bloody great viewing it has been over the last month.
Best sports doco series ever?
Also Jordan would have to be the most ruthless, driven and determined athlete of all time wouldn't he? Unbelievable
— Shane (@_Willo_) May 19, 2020
#TheLastDance The Michael Jordan story is a prime example of how when people elevate you to greatness, especially when you are a Black man, it's just a matter of time before they attempt to vilify and ridicule you.
— Darryl Morris (@DMorris1961) May 19, 2020
Best thing about #TheLastDance was sharing it with my teenage son he’s heard my mates and I fan boy over the MJ for years. Now he understands what we were talking about and knows who the real goat 🐐 is. He’s now as pissed as I am that I didn’t keep either my Jordan 1’s or 4’s
— Mitch (@M_1tch) May 19, 2020
Got to say it #TheLastDance is the best sports documentary I’ve ever seen. Michael Jordan isn’t human. The Bulls of the 90s were unreal. I now want to be a professional basketball player.
— Callum Scott Howells (@Callumhowells_c) May 19, 2020
MJ has made basketball exciting again and he hasn't played it professionally since 2003! #TheLastDance
— asdf:lkj (@nabwela) May 19, 2020
— BJ Metta (@bj_metta) May 19, 2020
#TheLastDance made me realize how under rated Scottie Pippen is/was. He’s a large reason why MJ is as great as he is.
— Ryan Eveland (@RyanEveland) May 19, 2020
#TheLastDance is class 👏🏻
— Shirley (@AlexSherwin_) May 19, 2020
The final episode of #TheLastDance left me feeling emotionally drained. The Jordan era Bulls were such an important part of my life growing up in the 90's which made the entire documentary a very emotional experience. #MichaelJordan #ChicagoBulls
— TheWhiteWolfOfRivia (@TriviaOfRivia) May 19, 2020
— Mike Beckingham (@Becksmeister) May 19, 2020
Never been interested in NBA before but #TheLastDance fully changed my perspective on the game, n big up MJ true inspiration and cool as ice 🐐
— JB (@JackBoyle_) May 19, 2020
Don't remember watching a better sports documentary. Don't even watch basketball but what an insight into the man he was and the team they were. Different gravy. #TheLastDance pic.twitter.com/bpXmshMhQi
— Billy Churchill (@billy_churchill) May 19, 2020
Absolutely amazing #TheLastDance
— Suraj (@Srj1511) May 19, 2020
No doubt in my mind that #TheLastDance is the 🐐 of sports docs. Takes me back to my childhood, watching the MJ and the Bulls literally take the piss out of everyone else. So sad how it ended. 💪🏼 🏀🔥 pic.twitter.com/ZLbJDiL2C9
— Nikesh Rughani (@NikeshRughani) May 19, 2020
— Akilah Downey (@DowneyAkilah) May 19, 2020
Just finished #TheLastDance LOVED it
— Daniel Windle (@Windle22radio) May 19, 2020
— Tricia Drewry (@lil_mama1315) May 19, 2020
— Carpe Diem (@mizerwesi) May 19, 2020
— JoshM (@KingCane7) May 19, 2020
#TheLastDance the best tv series ive watched in years.. MJ is on a different planet ability, performance, talent and character!!!
— ®ichie Mckee™ (@richiemckee22) May 19, 2020
— Jack Hammett (@JackHammett) May 19, 2020
— Lustosa Marketing (@cellustosa) May 19, 2020
— Kwame J M O (@PrinceMoshiTZ) May 19, 2020
Michael was amazing #TheLastDance
— Charlie Baltimore (@TheImprint_) May 19, 2020
Crazy to think MJ wanted to go another year but the front office wanted to break it all up because they didn’t want to shell out the salaries to keep Pippen, Rodman and Kerr. Has to be one of the greatest sporting travesty’s of all time #TheLastDance
— Troy Ratcliffe (@TroyRatcliffe17) May 19, 2020
#TheLastDance @netflix documentary has been a welcome Monday night treat for the past five weeks. I highly recommend this ten part doc. The awe factor gained for Jordan, Pippin, Kerr and coach Phil Jackson is well earned. #thankyou #covid19distraction
— Tina Noel (@tlnoel) May 19, 2020
#TheLastDance is a beautiful masterpiece.
— Kelly S (@punkykells) May 19, 2020
#TheLastDance is the best sports docuseries out there.
— George (@GeorgeRelf) May 19, 2020
— Simon Peddie (@Peds_4) May 19, 2020
watching the last episode of #TheLastDance but I just really don’t want it to end
— Samm Alvero (@sammalvero) May 19, 2020
Finished the last dance! What a sports 🏀 doccy 👏🏻👏🏻. Best I’ve seen. Loved the throwback to the 90s. Can’t imagine how big the would be today with the social media platforms. #unrealteam #unrealcoach #unrealgoat🐐 #MJ23 #TheLastDance
— Adam Costello (@cossy11) May 19, 2020
Good luck for other documentaries after this #TheLastDance
— adm⚡️ (@adamode_) May 19, 2020
#TheLastDance such an insane watch, MJ was a different level of boss.
— Jordan Eynon (@JordanEynon22) May 19, 2020
Done with The Last Dance. 🙌 for the best team of that decade! #TheLastDance
— Claudette 🌷 (@claudetterd93) May 19, 2020
Jerry Krause really destroyed the Bulls #TheLastDance
— Delakufa (@Sochangane) May 19, 2020
Finally finished #TheLastDance. 3 thoughts overall, as a big sports fan, but casual basketball fan:
– Steve Kerr just seems like such a great guy & a clutch player
– I have a much higher opinion of Pippen than I did before
– Phil Jackson is even more of a GOAT than I suspected
— Christina Saull (@christinasaull) May 19, 2020
What. An. Epic. Doco 😭👏
MJ will always be 🐐(fight me 🤣)
I mean so many things: work ethic, fame, mentality > fatigue, not to mention shit loads of skill and tact. You always wonder what actually goes on in someone’s head at that calibre… 🤯#TheLastDance pic.twitter.com/bfm1ebcPMs
— Bree Lee (@justbree04) May 19, 2020
— Jessie Cave (@jessiecave) May 19, 2020
#TheLastDance was one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long long time. Michael Jordan’s mentality was special. Incredible
— Gavin Nolan (@GavinNolan20) May 19, 2020
— David Marin (@Cholo_Da_Vinci) May 19, 2020
— Derek Jones (@DerekJones79) May 18, 2020
Well, that was fun 👏
— ESPN (@espn) May 18, 2020