SportsPulse: Michael Jordan’s former teammate BJ Armstrong believes ‘The Last Dance’ will have a lasting impact due its universal message.


“The Last Dance,” the 10-part documentary on Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, concluded Sunday night. Director Jason Hehir mixed never-before-seen footage from the 1997-98 season with legacy highlights to capture the Bulls’ best moments after Jordan arrived and during their dynasty era. The documentary included unforgettable moments best captured through quotes from Jordan and others.

Some of the most memorable quotes from the series:

“Don’t ever talk trash to Black Jesus.”  — Jordan to former Indiana Pacers star Reggie Miller when Miller was a rookie. 

“I just haul off and punch him in the (expletive) eye.” — Jordan on punching teammate Steve Kerrin a 1995-96 practice because Kerr shoved him when coach Phil Jackson was calling “ticky-tack” fouls on Jordan.

“I know it’s all bull (expletive). Whatever (Isiah Thomas) says now, you know it wasn’t his true actions then. (He’s had) time enough to think about it, or the reaction of the public that’s changed his perspective. … You can show me anything you want. There’s no way you can convince me he wasn’t an (expletive). — Jordanon Thomas and the Detroit Pistons walking off the court early in 1991 after the Bulls ousted them from the Eastern Conference playoffs. Jordan called it poor sportsmanship, and Thomas thought it led to his snub from the 1992 Dream Team. 

“Let’s not get it wrong. He was an (expletive). He was a jerk. He crossed the line numerous times. But as time goes on, and you think back about what he was actually trying to accomplish, you’re like, ‘yeah, he was a hell of a teammate.'” —  Will Perdue on Jordan’s bullying. 

“I can stop gambling. I have a competition problem.” — Jordan’s response to questions about his gambling during a 1993 interview. 

“I need a vacation.” — Rodman during the 1997-98 season, saying he was emotionally drained. Rodman went to Las Vegas for a short hiatus — with Phil Jackson’s blessing. Jordan showed up at his apartment to bring him back to practice. 

“I was nervous. I hadn’t played competitive in a long time. I felt naked because my father wasn’t there.”Jordanon playing in the 1994-95 season after returning from baseball. His father, James, was murdered in 1993, and Jordan’s close relationship with him was well-chronicled.

“I don’t get five championships here without him.” — Kobe Bryanton Jordan. Jordan eulogized Bryant in February by calling him his “little brother.” Bryant had idolized Jordan and mimicked his moves better than anyone. 

“From that point on, he’s been on my list.” — Jordan on former Utah Jazz player Bryon Russell, who had said in 1994, after Jordan had left the NBA, that he could guard MJ. 

“Dennis, are you going to the swimming pool?” — Jackson to Rodman after the team arrived in Arizona to face Suns in the 1993 Finals.

“I’m going to Hooters.” — Rodman’s response to Jackson.

“I’m not going to (expletive) my summer up.” — Scottie Pippenon why he delayed his surgery that cut into the Bulls’ 1997-98 season. Pippen was angry with general manager Jerry Krause, who had looked into trading him. Pippen was the sixth-highest-paid player on the Bulls’ roster at that point. 

“It’s one of those incidents where I wish it never happened. But if I had the chance to do it over again, I probably wouldn’t change it.” — Pippenon refusing to play the final seconds of Game 3 in the 1994 second-round series vs. the Knicks, after Jackson went with Toni Kukoc for the last shot over Pippen. 

“I had no problem with The Glove.” —  Jordan on Hall of Fame defender Gary Payton, who contained Jordan in Game 4 of the ’96 Finals. Jordan laughing at Payton’s comments about how he tried to “body up” and guard Jordan turned into an Internet meme. 

“When my father got killed, he became like a father figure to me.” — Jordanon his relationship with longtime security guard Gus Lett, who was undergoing cancer treatment when Jordan gave him the ball from Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. 

“If you had a terrible headache, and I gave you a bottle of pills, and nine of the pills would cure you, and one of the pills would kill you, would you take a pill?”  Jerry Reinsdorfto Jordan in ’85 when MJ was trying to come back early from an injury. Jordan’s response: “Depends on how (expletive) bad the headache is.” 

“He’s gonna shoot this (expletive). He’s not going to pass this (expletive) ball. No John Paxson, no Steve Kerr. This is his (expletive) turn.” — Rodman on Jordan’s ’98 game-winner vs. the Jazz to clinch the Bulls’ sixth title. Paxson hit a game-winner in ’93 and Kerr in ’97. 

“They’re going to have to lower the rims.” Jordan to Krause. Krause’s “you could go 82-0 and you’re gone” comment to Jackson prompted the “last dance” moniker, but it also highlighted Krause’s frustration with the stars he’d assembled to win six titles.


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