Through six episodes of ESPN’s The Last Dance documentary, we have learned quite a bit about Michael Jordan in his early years and what he had to go through to turn into the man that won six NBA championships in the 90’s.
Most reviews of The Last Dance are positive, but former Bulls guard Craig Hodges is not a fan of some of the things he has seen thus far.
Hodges who was on FOX Sports’ The Odd Couple stated how upset he was about Jordan speaking on the ‘Bulls Traveling Cocaine Circus’ as well as calling Scottie Pippen selfish for his contract demands during the 1997-98 season.
Via FOX Sports Radio:
“One of the things as players we call this a fraternity. So I’m watching the first episode and I was upset about the ‘cocaine circus.’ That bothered me because I was thinking about the brothers who are on that picture with you who have to explain to their families who are getting ready to watch this great Michael Jordan documentary event and they know you’re on the team, and now you’ve got to explain that to a 12-year-old boy… Then the Scottie Pippen part. Scottie was ‘selfish’. C’mon man, c’mon. And then last night with Horace, that hurt me. I’m letting MJ know that that ain’t right, dude. Horace did not deserve to take the fall for ‘Jordan Rules’. If MJ knows something else and knows Horace’s motive, then tell us how Horace did it for my sake, because I’m your teammate brother, just like they are, and I’m kind of salty how everybody got interviewed but me.”
Hodges has a point, but the whole point of the documentary is talk abut the good and the bad. As we know, what is done in the dark will eventually come to light.
It’s not like Jordan is trying to burn his bridges with his former teammates, he’s just bringing an entire generation of fans inside what he went through in his younger years so they could get a better look at the Bulls’ championship run in 1998.