Apparently Michael Jordan is still as petty as ever. The same man that used his hall of fame enshrinement speech as an opportunity to call out anyone who ever slighted him is back at it again.
It turns out that Michael Jordan said yes to the highly anticipated ESPN documentary, “The Last Dance”, only after the Golden State Warriors lost the 2016 NBA Finals to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Specifically, Michael said yes to the 10-part documentary on the day that the Cavs were having their championship parade.
This is a classic Mike move. Jordan felt that the Warriors challenged his legacy when they broke the Bulls’ regular season win record by going 73-9 in 2016. MJ also felt threatened by a specific player, Lebron James, when Lebron and the Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to come back and win from a 3-1 deficit in the finals.
This sequence of events played a part in Michael’s decision to release the behind-the-scenes footage from the 1997-98 NBA season and flex on all the haters. Michael was aware of the extensive footage from that specific season and once he felt that the Warriors threatened the Bulls as the greatest dynasty ever and LeBron challenged Jordan as the greatest individual player of all time, Mike finally decided to unleash the tape.
What’s funny is that the documentary footage exists indirectly because of the Warriors. The first person who pitched Adam Silver, then head of NBA Entertainment, on the idea of filming the Bulls during the 97-98 season was Andy Thompson, brother of former #1 draft pick Mychal Thompson and uncle of Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson.
“I remember thinking, ‘Man, this guy is going to retire,’ ” Thompson told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “We’ve never really fully documented a year in the life of potentially the greatest athlete in the history of the sport,” added Thompson.
Adam Silver and Michael Jordan then subsequently came to a mutual agreement that the footage could only be used with the permission of Jordan, who finally granted it after the aforementioned 2016 NBA Finals situation. Jordan needed to remind the world as well as educate all the young NBA fans who didn’t grow up watching him play who the real G.O.A.T is.