“The Last Dance”, on the epic of Michael Jordan at the head of the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s with six titles gleaned in eight years, has delivered its last two episodes. The opportunity to return to some highlights of the documentary.
His countless exploits, his rage to conquer and his record plead for the best player of all time. On the other hand, its political engagement will have been nonexistent. This was often criticized, as in 1990 when he refused to support the black Democratic candidate Harvey Gantt in the senatorial race in North Carolina against the republican Jesse Helms, known for his racist positions.
So he was given this cynical phrase, “the republicans also buy sneakers“, which tarnished his image. After having denied it for a long time, Jordan finally admits to having said these words. This quote,”I said it while joking on a bus with Horace Grant and Scottie Pippen“he explains without regret, adding not to have”never considered an activist“.
Episode 7 evokes the landmark incident where Scottie Pippen, then captain of Jordan’s orphaned Bulls who went to try baseball, refused to play the last possession of a 1994 playoff game against New York, upset at not being the shooter nominated by Phil Jackson.
“We couldn’t believe he did this, we were annihilated“says Steve Kerr.”The next day I receive a call from Michael who says, ‘I don’t know if Scottie will recover. It will always come back to haunt him at one point or another ‘“says Jackson.
Twenty-six years later, Jordan’s prophecy comes true in world view. “It was one of those incidents that I would have hoped would never happen, but if it happened again, I wouldn’t change anything“, admits Pippen.
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Poisoned in 1997
Game No 5 of the 1997 finals. Jordan, feverish and exhausted, nevertheless managed an anthology performance (38 points) for a crucial victory for the Bulls in Utah. But the famous “flu game” was not one, Jordan having actually suffered from food poisoning. “We were at the hotel, Michael was hungry, and I ordered a pizza, says his former fitness trainer Tim Grover. Everyone knew where we were staying. They came in five to deliver it. I had a bad feeling. At 2 am he called me. I found him curled up in the fetal position. 100% sure it was poisoning. “
Internet worried about his health
The images in the documentary showing Jordan from the time of his splendor stand out from those in which he is interviewed at home in an armchair. At your fingertips, a cigar in an ashtray and a glass of Cincoro tequila, a brand he co-owns. What jumps out even more is his own, yellowed. The Internet has not failed to worry about them, seeing in them the signs of health problems, inevitably associating them with alcohol. This speculation also results from a staging reflecting the image of a man alone in his huge villa, like a Citizen Kane of the NBA sometimes having to fight with his emotions facing the camera.