Former Bulls Star, Who Was Upset at Exclusion From ‘The Last Dance’, Taught Michael Jordan a Harsh Lesson on Paying Compliments

Published 06/24/2022, 3:30 PM EDT

The Chicago Bulls is widely regarded as one of the greatest teams ever. With stars like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman, the team was bound to succeed.

However, when the Bulls faced off against the Utah Jazz in 1998, Pippen’s injury posed a huge problem. The answer to Scottie’s injury came in the form of Luc Longley. The Australian was trusted to fill in for Scottie with MJ himself hyping up Luc. Safe to say, he did a great job against the Jazz.

Utah Jazz’s John Stockton, left, and Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan fight for a rebound in the third quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Salt Lake City, Friday, June 5, 1998. The Bulls defeated the Jazz 93-88, tying the best-of seven series 1-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

He put up great numbers in the first quarter of the match, and an excited Jordan complimented him. However, this spelled disaster for Luc.

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Although the Bulls dominated the match, Luc ended the match with the same stats as the ones he recorded in the first quarter. This brought out an interesting response from Jordan.

Jordan said, “So, every game we play against Utah is a message. So, he understood that, he knew the importance of that. The first quarter ends, and Luc has 12 points, 4 blocks, and 4 rebounds. I go to Luc and I say, ‘that’s how you f*cking play man.'”

He added, “At the end of the game, Luc has 12 points, 4 blocks, and 4 rebounds, and then Luc says, it’s okay, mate. I just looked at Luc and I said, this is the last time I’m gonna give you a compliment in the middle of the game.”

Why was Luc Longley angry with Michael Jordan?

As the pandemic gripped the world and forced the NBA to go into an indefinite pause, Michael Jordan and ESPN relieved all sports fans across the world. ‘The Last Dance’ documentary was released, and it fetched unreal numbers.

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Interestingly enough, Luc Longley put forth his disappointment as he was excluded from the documentary. He said, “I didn’t expect to be a heavy feature in it because they hadn’t interviewed me, but I did expect to be in it more than I was.”

Amidst all the star power in the documentary of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, the production crew left out an important role player. In 5 seasons with the Bulls, Longley averaged 8.9 points, 2.1 assists, and 5.3 rebounds. 

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

Edited By: Arunaditya Aima

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