The Last Dance documentary brought a lot of attention from every basketball fan in the world, and it’s one of the most-watched sports documentaries of all time. The Chicago Bulls and specifically Michael Jordan were the main focus, but after the last episodes were aired, some of the things said in the documentary didn’t sit quite well with a few former teammates.
It was predominantly Horace Grant and Scottie Pippen, who didn’t like how he was portrayed in the documentary, and there was quite a bit of backlash on how the story was one-sided in favor of Jordan. Isiah Thomas was another person in the documentary that didn’t get a lot of good PR mostly because of his role with the Detroit Pistons that were Jordan’s toughest matchup during his quest for an NBA championship.
In a recent interview for Good Morning Britain, Dennis Rodman gave his thoughts on the situation that followed the last episode of the documentary. Rodman was a part of the Bulls second three-peat and believed the players that were with the team in the first three-peat, simply didn’t have the mental strength to deal with all the pressure that Jordan imposed on his teammates. It’s clear to everyone how competitive Jordan was and why he asked so much from his teammates to win games and championships.
In Rodman’s opinion, Jordan connected more with the team from the second three-peat because they understood better what was expected from them and what needs to be done to win a championship.
“I think the players from the first three-peat were a little upset because they thought Michael couldn’t throw them under the bus. I’m the greatest, and I’m determined to win no matter what it takes. Michael started talking about his old teammates, and the teammates I’ve played with. I think he had a sense of core with us. I think mentally, they weren’t strong enough to handle that because Phil Jackson is a laid back coach. Mike was more like ‘hey if we weren’t winning then screw you’. He said he was going to do it and be famous. I personally didn’t care because I was already famous.”Dennis Rodman, via Good Morning Britain
Even though the documentary ended a week, the dust didn’t settle at all, and quite contrary, several players came out with their feedback, which wasn’t good at all. Even though the documentary was amazing and brought back many good memories, it also brought a lot of the negative things that were happening with the team behind the close doors. It was evident a lot of the players didn’t get along with Jordan, and it seems their side of the story wasn’t heard at all.