‘It was Almost Cinematic’: The Last Dance Director Details How Michael Jordan Recalled his Hall of Fame Speech

Published 05/09/2021, 3:13 PM EDT
Michael Johnson #23, shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls prepares to make a shot during a Central Division game in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 1988 – 1989 season at Chicago Stadium, Chicago, United States. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Allsport/Getty Images)


Apart from Senna and Maradona, no documentary has encapsulated the sports fraternity like ‘The Last Dance’. The director of the documentary, Jason Hehir, compiled an in-depth look into Michael Jordan’s legacy for budding new talents in the league.

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Having won 6 championships with the Chicago Bulls, his achievements will forever remain unmatched. A colorful individual both on and off the court, his self-belief, and gritty determination is unrivaled.

Jason Hehir perfectly exclaimed his sense of aura. “Michael has an ability to snap from normal dude into statue at the drop of a hat. And he knows that. He knows the power he has over people with the ability to do that.

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“It was almost cinematic. He stuck that finger across the table, and to me it looked like it was two feet long. All of a sudden, I was like: ‘Holy (expletive)! That’s Michael Jordan.’ That was the first time that occurred to me.” 

INGLEWOOD, CA- JUNE 12: Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls looks on during Game Five of the 1991 NBA Finals on June 12, 1991 at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California.(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Michael Jordan and his will to Win

The effect he had on his teammates was exemplary. His Airness improved every player on the team by pushing them to the limits. Being a tough competitor in training, his love for the game was admirable, and always voiced his opinions.

The fear of not winning fuelled his game. Although his statistics on the court were legendary, no player will be the MVP for intangibles other than Jordan.

The documentary was a fitting tribute to the G.O.A.T.

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His legacy in the NBA

Be it the mid-range shot, or dunks, or even his requirement for longer shorts in the league, his quest for perfection was second to none. When players tried to ruffle him up, he would simply come back stronger. The legacy he has left behind is untouchable.

The Chicago faithful will never forget their golden era with this phenomenal player. Time will tell whether he gets replaced as the greatest of all time, but for now, he is monumental.

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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