Source - Speaking to The Athletic's Richard Deitsch, director Jason Hehir revealed that Michael Jordan once told him that he was concerned about what people will think of him after they watch his highly-anticipated upcoming ESPN docuseries The Last Dance.
“When people see this footage I’m not sure they’re going to be able to understand why I was so intense, why I did the things I did, why I acted the way I acted, and why I said the things I said,” Hehir recalls of a conversation he had with Jordan about the docuseries in 2017.
Jordan pointed to a specific moment where he was particularly hard on his Chicago Bulls teammate Scotty Burrell.
”When you see the footage of [me riding with Scotty Burrell], you're going to think that I'm a horrible guy,” Hehir remembers His Airness telling him before defending his aggressive approach. “But you have to realize that the reason why I was treating him like that is because I needed him to be tough in the playoffs and we're facing the Indiana's and Miami's and New York's in the Eastern Conference. He needed to be tough and I needed to know that I could count on him.”
The Last Dance will track the Bulls’ 1997-98 campaign, the final season that Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman played together under head coach Phil Jackson.
Michael, I know you're reading this right now and I promise you...I PROMISE you...no one is going to think you're a dick. People may be a little taken aback by your intensity, but you have 2.1 billion reasons not to care. You got yours, homie. This conversation is originally from 2017 (had no idea they were working on this that long), but you know he still feels the exact same way. I mean those trailers paint him as a man on a mission. Which he was...
And you know what? It paid off. This is my favorite quote from the article:
“Look, winning has a price,” Jordan said. “And leadership has a price. So I pulled people along when they didn’t want to be pulled. I challenged people when they didn’t want to be challenged. And I earned that right because my teammates who came after me didn’t endure all the things that I endured. Once you joined the team, you lived at a certain standard that I played the game. And I wasn’t going to take any less.
”Now, if that means I had to go in there and get in your ass a little bit, then I did that,” he continued. “You ask all my teammates. The one thing about Michael Jordan was he never asked me to do something that he didn’t f–king do.”
What a psycho. "Pulling when you don't wanna be pulled." "Winning has a price." "I wasn't going to take any less." Get your popcorn ready! This Sunday is going to be fun.