After more than a year of teasing, ESPN and Netflix finally released The Last Dance, the much-awaited docuseries chronicling the career of Michael Jordan. A result of a camera crew that had an all-access pass into his team’s locker room, this 10-part series focuses mainly on Jordan’s 1997-1998 NBA season with the Chicago Bulls, his final season with the team. But while the docuseries provides us with never-before-seen footage and peering glimpses into what being Michael Jordan at his peak was, it still misses out on some important events that happened in his life. Here’s a list of some of them.
Clyde Drexler’s injury before the 1992 Finals
This is something that definitely deserved at least some coverage in The Last Dance. Clyde Drexler was experiencing a great deal of pain in his right knee during the 1992 finals, but he braved the pain through the season. Later that summer, he had to go into surgery to have cartilage fragments removed from his right knee. His game was never the same after that.
Where is Jordan’s ex-wife?
Just in case you’re unaware, Yvette Prieto is Jordan’s second wife. He had married Juanita Vanoy in 1989 and has three children from that marriage. The two had split in 2002 over irreconcilable differences but got back together soon. But in 2006, they mutually decided to divorce each other. The settlement of this divorce apparently cost Jordan a whopping $168 million, making it the largest celebrity divorce settlement on public record at the time.
Someone was missing when the Nike deal was talked about
Michael Jordan’s Nike deal was historic, so it wasn’t a surprise that the 5th episode chronicled the event. The basketball legend made the company billions and dollars with his Jumpman brand, but one of the most important people who helped him sign this deal was ex-Nike exec Sonny Vaccaro, who was quite disappointingly missing from the episode.
The conspiracy surrounding Jordan’s first retirement
Shocking basketball fans all over the world, Michael Jordan announced his retirement in 1993, at the age of 30. This is around the same time that his gambling habits were at their peak. While his gambling habits have been talked about in The Last Dance, one particular conspiracy theory that doesn’t find a mention in it is that the NBA wanted to suspend him for his gambling violations, but instead asked him to announce his retirement and return later to protect his image.
Where is Luc Longley?
Luc Longley was an important part of the Chicago Bulls during Jordan’s last season with the team, but the Australian is almost completely absent from The Last Dance. When asked about the same, the director of the docuseries, Jason Hehir, said that “budgetary concern” was the reason behind his absence from the list of people who were interviewed for the show. His Sydney Olympics teammate Chris Anstey took to Facebook to write a long post about the legend, stressing that despite his absence from the docuseries, Longley’s impact on the final season of Michael Jordan’s stint with Chicago Bulls was not at all to be underestimated.