Toni Kukoc is one of the most underrated players from the ’90s and a vital member of that championship Bulls squad from their second three-peat. If you were a Bulls fan during those years, you probably know how great Kukoc was and what type of versatility he had as a player, making him an excellent fit for the Bulls. If you never watched the Bulls during their championship runs, The Last Dance documentary gave the fans a glimpse into what it was like behind the scenes. The Bulls were a team with a status like they were a rock-n-roll band everywhere they went, especially in their last season.
Even though fans were thrilled by the documentary and how it was filmed, Toni Kukoc recently interviewed for Sportklub, in which he said many things were missing that he hoped the fans would see. Kukoc hoped the documentary would be more focused on basketball and what made the team great from a basketball perspective. The Bulls were an unorthodox team with several players that could play multiple positions.
Their versatility and brand of basketball set them apart from everyone else. The Bulls were ahead of time when it came to their playing style, which can compare to the NBA teams today, but that wasn’t the focus in the documentary, which is a big shame in Kukoc’s mind.
We knew in those few years that Bulls and Michael approved that we are followed by three or four cameras and those people who were with us at every training, trip, game so that there would be a chance that the film would come out one day. Last year we heard it was done, we did the interviews, but that title ‘Last dance’… I thought that because of LeBron and his teams, because of Golden State and how they played, a lot more attention would be paid to the way in which we played, so it can be seen that kind of basketball was played at that time as well. We weren’t shooting so many threes, but already at that time, five players were used on the field, who were more or less three centimeters different in height. From Harper, Jordan, Pippen, Denis, and me, we were all between 6’7″ and 6’10”. The roles in the defense changed, and it didn’t matter who was the point guard, who was in the post, or who was on the wings. We ran multiple plays all the time, and everyone was just filling in the empty space.Toni Kukoc, via Sportklub
Kukoc said he was a bit disappointed the documentary mostly talked about Michael Jordan, his journey and influence, and less about other players that were a vital part of the team. Interestingly, Kukoc believes Ron Harper should’ve got more exposure because of his impact on the team.
I thought that would be shown in those ten episodes. However, it turned out that it was not touched at all. Most of the stories were about Michael as the lead role, and a few more players were touched, but not all. I think Harper should get a bigger story in those ten episodes and a couple more players. What is, there is. It was at least fun for the people of the world during the quarantine day.Toni Kukoc, via Sportklub
As Kukoc said, it was great to watch the documentary during the lockdown that was happening worldwide at that time. There could’ve been more emphasis on basketball and how the team was managed from a coaching perspective; it’s understandable they decided to showcase things and situations that are more appealing to the larger audience. Nevertheless, it was enjoyable, and if you haven’t lived through that era, it was an excellent documentary that brought back the excitement if you were a Bulls fan during those years.