Former Teammate Rates Michael Jordan’s ‘The Last Dance’ as ‘Accurate’ But Also ‘Pledging’

Published 03/24/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: Ex-NBA star Michael Jordan watches the action during the Morning Fourballs of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 26, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)


Michael Jordan is one of the greatest players of all time. The Chicago Bulls guard entered the NBA during the early 1980s and took the league by storm. During his stint in the NBA, the league exploded in popularity, and Jordan was at the forefront of that expansion. And his success with the Chicago Bulls, winning six out of eight NBA championships in the 90s was the biggest indictment.

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Former Teammate talks Michael Jordan and The Last Dance

Former NBA All-Star Charles Oakley spoke on his podcast recently about last year’s critically acclaimed ‘The Last Dance’ documentary, which focussed on the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan. Oakley responded that there was a degree of truth to the documentary, but some of it was a little bit embellishment and pledging toward Jordan.

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Chicago Bulls All-Star forward # 23 Michael Jordan file photos. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage)

“It was 70-30, 80-20. It was a little accurate and a little pledging. The athletes who really got a lot of shine and overplay, a lot of guys tried to play the tough role were really tough. My thing with playing with Michael Jordan is its just like a dream come true. A lot of guys act like he threw them under the bus, he didn’t throw them under the bus.” 

Jordan challenged with Last Dance project

Oakley added that he could understand why people may have had problems with the documentary. However, making the documentary was also a challenge. There were so many people and ideas that Jordan could not control or anticipate, and he had to take that risk. Oakley said it was like trying to make a song with instruments he didn’t know how to play.

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“It just happened, and my thinking of the way he got everybody into it. It was like doing a song, he’s bringing 10 pieces together and had to do a song in one day, without rehearsing. He brought all these different pieces and attitudes together, don’t know what this person, that person was about but he did it.” 

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What did you think about ‘The Last Dance’? People are quite split on the way certain players were portrayed in the documentary. Jordan’s second in command in Chicago, Scottie Pippen, was also unhappy with the way the documentary showcased him. However, most felt that they were accurately representing the team and the era of the NBA.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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