Michael Jordan took the time, despite his busy schedule, to be interviewed for the Luc Longley documentary, A giant Jump. Australian Story executive producer Caitlin Shea spoke to the Chicago Bulls legend via Zoom at her Florida golf club, and the two had a high-profile conversation.
During the interview, Jordan said he wished he could include Longley in The last dance docuseries. When Shea heard the six-time champion say this, she was stunned.
Shea spoke to a Chicago sports historian Jack M Silverstein about her interview with Jordan and admitted that she didn’t expect MJ to say what he did about Longley’s absence The last dance.
“I wasn’t expecting it, ”Shea said. “It’s certainly not a question I asked him. “Do you regret it?” Don’t you think you should have? I did not ask those kinds of questions. He just got out with that. I thought it was interesting.
Jordan and Longley together won three straight championships over the Bulls in 1996, 1997 and 1998. However, the center was not highlighted in The last dance. Jordan told Shea that Longley’s omission from the famous docuseries was something he was going to change. After all, the New Mexico product played a big part in the Bulls’ second hat-trick.
Luc Longley played well for the Bulls
From 1995-96 to 1997-98, Longley appeared in 179 regular season games for the Bulls. He averaged 9.9 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 46.4% from the field and 76.5% from the free throw line.
The Bulls defeated the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1996 Finals and the Utah Jazz in 1997 and 1998. Jordan has won the Finals MVP title every time and received most of the media praise for Chicago’s success. However, the 10-goal champion told Shea he wouldn’t leave Longley out of his squad if he had to start all over again.
“We shared a lot,” Jordan said. “We competed together. I would take it any day of the week if I had to restart a competition. If you asked me to start all over again, I wouldn’t leave Luc Longley out of my team. No way possible. Because he mattered. He had an impact on me. He made me better as a player.
Jordan didn’t just surprise Shea when he opened up about Longley’s absence The last dance, but the Hall of Famer also showed its sensitive side during the interview.
Michael Jordan was very generous
Shea told Silverstein she was nervous before Jordan’s interview began. However, she soon realized that the Bulls icon was very generous.
“At one point I was like, ‘Oh, I’m not going to be nervous about this interview anymore. Michael really enjoys sitting here and being interviewed. He is very generous. He wants to do the right thing by Luke, so just have a good chat with him. ‘ It was really good.”
Jordan is a very busy man, so the fact that he took the time to participate in Longley’s documentary shows how much he cares about the Australian.
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