I was glued to the television this morning. Michael Jordan had been on Good Morning America with Robin Roberts. His rare appearance made his The Last Dance docu-series even more intriguing.
Thursday (April 16) morning, Michael Jordan stopped by Good Morning America for an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts. We’ve all been excited about his upcoming docu-series that highlights some crevices of his career that many of us were unaware of. Too add to the excitement, just yesterday Jordan said that The Last Dance would pretty much make us think he’s a jerk. “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,” Jordan shared, via director Jason Hehir in an interview with Richard Deitsch of The Athletic.
I’m all in.
In the nearly 10-minute interview, Jordan talked about a lot. Two moments in particular made me feel as though The Last Dance will be an inspiring piece. When he talked about one of his quarrels with the medical staff and how he describes becoming “Michael Jordan”.
“Well, it was a trying year,”
Michael Jordan told Robin Roberts after she asked about his final year with the Bulls. The docu-series is titled after that year which was Phil Jackson’s last year coaching the Bulls. Jordan shared that Phil called that season “The Last Dance”. The 97′-98′ Chicago Bulls would go on to win the Championship that year, but the road to getting there was difficult.
According to his GMA interview, Jordan details how difficult it was to begin the year knowing that the reign would be coming to an end. Once the announcement was made that whether the team won the championship or not, losing their superstar head coach was pretty much inevitable.
Business stinks sometimes, eh?
“The beginning of the season, it started when (general manager) Jerry Krause told (coach) Phil Jackson that he could go 82-0 and he would never get a chance to come back,” Jordan said. “Knowing that I had married myself to him, and if he wasn’t going to be the coach, then obviously I wasn’t going to play. So Phil started off the season saying this was the last dance — and we played it that way.”
Now, what was really dope about his comment is that he continued the story by reminding us how important it is to finish strong — no matter what. “Mentally it tugged at you that this had to come to an end, but it also centered our focus to making sure we ended it right,” Jordan said. “As sad as it sounded at the beginning of the year, we tried to rejoice and enjoy the year and finish it off the right way.”
“I was just known as ‘Mike Jordan’,”
Michael tells Robin. As his purpose began to unfold, he became known as “Michael Jordan”. Once he hit the game winner at Chapel Hill, the world started to pay attention.
As he was sharing his story with Robin, I couldn’t help but feel the awakening process that he experienced. It was a sole reminder that as long as you do the work, you’ll be ready when your name is called. From that moment on, he would build a memorable legacy that will be shared for years to come.
The Last Dance debuts this Sunday at 9PM on ESPN. It’s a 10-part docu-series so buckle up.