Deeply “Affected” by 53YO Star’s Skills, Michael Jordan’s Avid Devotion Was Revealed by Long-Time Foe Charles Barkley

Published 07/05/2023, 12:45 PM EDT

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Do you know what song Michael Jordan was jamming to in the docuseries The Last Dance? As soon as the ten-episode series hit the platform, it gained much attention. Interestingly, a viral scene from the show reveals MJ’s favorite go-to song before any match. His rival, Charles Barkley, recently corroborated the legend’s fascination with the Grammy-nominated singer’s music.

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‘The Last Dance’ is a thrilling documentary that chronicles MJ’s trajectory and the Chicago Bulls’. In the series, MJ describes how Kenny Lattimore, an American R&B singer’s music has influenced him. And that led Lattimore’s fame to skyrocket.

Charles Barkley reveals MJ to be the biggest fan of Kenny Lattimore

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A scene before Game 1 of the 1998 NBA finals managed to grab every fan’s attention. That is the scene where MJ is seen nodding his head rhythmically to a song. When asked about what he was listening to, Jordan enthusiastically replied, “Kenny Lattimore. Brand new.” 

The shot of him listening to an unreleased track of the singer instantly became an Internet sensation. People went into a frenzy to find out more about the singer.

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In a conversation with journalist Jamele Hill, Lattimore shared how a simple gesture of MJ listening to his songs made a huge impact. He also talked about his encounter with Charles Barkley, MJ’s infamous rival.

Barkley alluded for the singer to how MJ has “singlehandedly marketed [Lattimore’s music] throughout the NBA”. Lattimore knew MJ was his fan, but it was Barkley who revealed how the NBA legend has promoted his music.

Michael Jordan is the biggest fan of Kenny Lattimore

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It’s not surprising that MJ’s favorite tracks blasted the internet as soon as they surfaced. He is a major reason for the sudden upsurge in Lattimore’s music sales.

Lattimore had been grateful to MJ and his fans. But when he saw the series, he fully understood how much the player was deeply influenced by his music.

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Pritha Debroy

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Pritha is an NBA writer at Essentially Sports. She has long been a fan of the NBA and the Portland Trail Blazers. With prior experience in lifestyle writing, she aims to deliver a fair assessment of the happenings from the NBA world, both on and off the court.
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