‘The Way He Treated People’: Mavericks’ Owner Reveals What Surprised Him After Watching Michael Jordan’s Last Dance

Published 12/16/2020, 8:56 AM EST
18 Jan 1999: Michael Jordan at his retirement press conference at the United Center in Chicago, Illinios. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport


Michael Jordan and the Last Dance saved us at a time when we were deprived of live NBA because the season was on a hiatus. It is ESPN’s ten-part documentary series that gives us a deep insight into the Chicago Bulls‘ glory years and the most remarkable moments of Jordan’s career while playing for them.

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It made us feel a whole lot of emotions, while also giving us some facts that we were previously unaware of. The series followed Jordan’s mentality of ‘winning at all costs’, which showcased his chase for NBA championships over the years. While some believe that it was made to throw Jordan into a better light than what the truth actually was.

In fact, the series led to some people getting pissed off as well. Like his former teammate, Scottie Pippen has claimed on various occasions that he was unhappy with his portrayal and them showing so many low moments of his career.

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However, there was a flip side to the series as well. Some people actually started liking Michael Jordan even more, particularly those who hadn’t even seen him play up close.

The Bulls’ Michael Jordan drives to the basket as teammate Dennis Rodman and the Clippers’ Loy Vaught(left) look on during game at Sports Arena earlier this season. (Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

What did Mark Cuban learn about Michael Jordan?

In an interview with Scoop B, the Dallas Mavericks‘ owner Mark Cuban talked about how MJ is his favorite. He even revealed what caught his attention in the Last Dance. It was something he didn’t know about Jordan before.

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“The way he treated people, just in the bowels of the arena, you know. The security guards and everything. How he got to be close to them. The fact that he put up with more shit than I would have,” explained Mark.

“I was surprised about guys just taking off that stuff with social media these days. That would not work the same way, right? The pressure would be completely different. Back then, you just had to deal with the local newspapers and a little bit of ESPN, but that wasn’t much of a thing either then. “

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Whether someone likes Jordan or not, doesn’t change that he is the greatest of all time. One can accuse the documentary to give an objective viewpoint, but who wouldn’t want to know how the legend became who he is?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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