The director of The Last Dance, the documentary by Michael Jordan, has revealed one of the stories that could not be included in the footage.
The Last Dance , the documentary produced by ESPN and broadcast on Netflix internationally, focuses on the figure of Michael Jordan but mainly revolves around the 1997/98 NBA season .
The last Chicago Ring to date and also the sixth for a Jordan who, however, had a history behind him: the university, the suspicions of an alternative life with gambling, the death of his father and his years out to play to baseball, one last stage in the Wizards …
That last dance with the Bulls, especially because of how it happened, is what reinforces the documentary, but it defines and does not complete the life of this New York-born supercar who grew up in North Carolina. There is much more.
Something like this has wanted to transfer the director of the documentary, Jason Hehir . There are so many stories about Michael Jordan that not all fit on the tape. There are ten episodes of one hour each, but even then you cannot cover all of them.
In an interview on The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz to promote the documentary, Hehir revealed which is the anecdote that he likes best about Jordan that they have not been able to get into the final footage. This is how he narrated it on the antenna:
“When he was in ‘high-school’, between the ‘sophomore’ and the ‘senior’ years, his coach came up with a way to get him to a campus that was full of five-star recruits and he did it by lying about his stats He messed up his numbers, improved them, because he wasn’t on any scout’s map. None was going to notice a boy from a North Carolina school. ”
“Jordan went there for a week, which was what his parents could afford financially at the time, but he did so well in the early days that he ended up being the MVP of the entire campus”
“You had Pat Ewing, Len Bias and more quality kids, but Michael (or Mike, as he was called in those days) passed over everyone.
They begged him to stay, that there were more college coaches who wanted to see him play and they couldn’t, but his parents were exhaustive: “We can’t afford it.”
So they proposed to the family a deal: “We will pay for him if he works in the kitchen and as a waiter for the other boys.” And there you saw to the MVP, first serving cheese and fruit to the other kids and then beating them on the track “