SPORT, DOCUMENTARY

Does ‘The Last Dance’ Portray Michael Jordan as a Superstar or a Flawed Human Being?

The depiction of greatness, sports history, and nostalgia.

Akos Peterbencze
May 18, 2020 · 8 min read

“From the first day of practice, my mentality was: ‘Whoever is the team leader of the team, I’m going to be going after him. And I’m not going to do it with my voice.’ Because I had no voice. I had no status. I had to do it with the way that I played,” — Michael Jordan after he was selected by the Chicago Bulls of the 1984 NBA draft

“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,” Michael Jordan, The Athletic.

Camaraderie and Team Spirit

“He’s like, ‘Ten hours (for this documentary), huh?’ I was like, ‘Yeah.’ He’s like, ‘Alright, I’ll give you 10 minutes,’” Hehir recalled. “Every page of questions I have (for him to answer) is an hour. I have 11 pages for this guy and he’s saying 10 minutes. — Jason Hehir, the show’s director on Dennis Rodman, NBC Sports

Photo by Joao Daniel on Behance

The Dark Side of Michael Jordan

“You get to a point where people are going to get tired of seeing you on a pedestal, all clean and polished. They say, “Let’s see if there’s any dirt around this person.”” — Michael Jordan, Playboy interview from 1992

Photo: Netflix

Winning Has a Price

“Look, I don’t have to do this. I’m only doing it because it is who I am. That’s how I played the game. That was my mentality. If you don’t want to play that way… don’t play that way.” — Michael Jordan in Episode 7 of The Last Dance

Photo: Netflix
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