“The Last Dance” may have made Michael Jordan more popular than ever, but the ESPN documentary series (on Netflix in France) devoted to the famous number 23 and the Chicago Bulls also garnered him some criticism. From former teammates Horace Grant and Scottie Pippen, but also from journalist Sam Smith.
The latter had written in 1992 the famous book “The Jordan Rules”, the first to describe a tough Michael Jordan, obsessed with victory, tyrannical with his partners. And he believes that “The Last Dance” sometimes works out with reality…
“The pizza thing, the poison thing, it makes no sense”
“There are several things I saw in the documentary that are made up or that he lied to,” Smith told American radio 95.7 The Game. Not huge things, but it’s like watching a movie or a series and it says, “inspired by a true story. That’s right, it is inspired by a true story. Everything that happened has indeed been covered on the points but in the details … “
For Smith, several points are problematic, like the story of the “Flu Game”, the match of the 1997 NBA finals where Jordan was sick and had scored 38 points. “The pizza thing, the poison thing, it doesn’t make any sense,” he observes.
But the biggest mistake, according to him, is in the way in which Jordan’s departure at the end of the 1997-1998 season is told. “He says they pushed him to leave,” said the reporter. “But who ever forced Michael Jordan to do anything? Anyway, this is a blatant lie.”