John Stockton initially turned down an appearance on ‘The Last Dance,’ noting that he didn’t want to be a part of a “Michael Jordan puff piece.” If you’re unfamiliar with that term, it means “an article or story in the media that is excessively complimentary about a person, product, event, etc.”
On “The Dan Patrick Show,” — The Last Dance director Jason Hehir shared that he had been in contact with Stockton since he was part of the Utah Jazz team that were arch rivals of the Chicago Bulls in the 90’s. Once he finally got him on the phone, he wanted nothing to do with the documentary.
“I finally got (Stockton) on the phone after like two years of chasing him,” Hehir said. “(Stockton) said, ‘I don’t want to be a part of a Michael Jordan puff piece.’”
Things would soon change as Stockton agreed to finally take part in “The Last Dance.” Hehir and ESPN had set an interview with Stockton, but then the coronavirus changed everything.
“On Tuesday, March 10 we interviewed him in Spokane,” Hehir said, “It was so deep into this COVID crisis that we decided that I shouldn’t fly to Spokane because we’re afraid that flight would get grounded indefinitely. So we had someone from out there, a stringer from Seattle drive in and do that interview.”
The very next day on March 11th, Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus and the NBA would suspend the season.
Fans can now expect to see Stockton appear somewhere in the last 4 remaining episodes.
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