• Ryan Tippett

MJ Is Afraid Everyone Will Hate Him After Documentary

ESPN is releasing a 10 part documentary entitled “The Last Dance” tomorrow and Jordan is reportedly “worried” about the way it will make him look. Since he’s retired, he’s always kind of been this elusive, and sheltered figure. Being 27, I only caught the tail end of his career as a Wizard so the idea of MJ always seemed like folklore. But make no mistake, he was still a legend then.

If even half the stories that have been told about MJ are true, then yeah, I think he should be worried about perception. ‘Good guys’ don’t slug their teammates in the face or publicly humiliate their own GM but WHO CARES what anyone thinks. Like what? You’re literally Michael Jordan. People expected you to be a dick, nobody just becomes the greatest of all time because of their favorable treatment to people. No. It’s from their inner drive to win, the ultimate competitor. This doc is going to pull no punches, it’s completely unfiltered (f-bombs included) and I love it. I live and breathe for this type of content that gives you an inside look to one of the greatest runs in NBA history. But am I going to think any less of MJ because of how ruthless he was? NO, if anything it’ll just solidify my opinion of him.

Jason Hehir, the director of “The Last Dance” talks about the initial conversation he had with Jordan on the project, via Richard Deitsch of the Athletic:

The meeting took a little less than an hour. I said to him, ‘why do you want to do this?’ And he said, ‘I don’t.’ And I said, ‘Why not?’ And he said, ‘When people see this footage I’m not sure they’re going to be able to understand why I was so intense, why I did the things I did, why I acted the way I acted, and why I said the things I said.’ He said there was a guy named Scotty Burrell who he rode for the entire season and, ‘When you see the footage of it, you’re going to think that I’m a horrible guy. But you have to realize that the reason why I was treating him like that is because I needed him to be tough in the playoffs and we’re facing the Indiana’s and Miami’s and New York’s in the Eastern Conference. He needed to be tough and I needed to know that I could count on him. And those are the kind of things where people see me acting the way I acted in practice, they’re not going to understand it.’

So if I'm MJ, I would be the most insufferable human to walk earth. Every single day and in every interaction I would let people know I am the greatest - which is probably what separates him from the guy blogging from his couch.