“The Last Dance,” aired its final two episodes on Sunday, in what was clearly a bitter-sweet finale. With the unprecedented success of its hit docu-series, you’d think that everyone and anyone should jump at the chance to take part in a historical documentary of the national basketball association (NBA legend Michael Jordan and his Chicago Bulls.
It is apparent, however, that was not the case for two of the former Utah Jazz players. According to The “Last Dance,” and director Jason Hehir, both of Karl Malone and Bryon Russell denied in order to be interviewed for the show.
The last Dance, the director, Jason Hehir, say, Karl Malone and Bryon Russell were the only players to refuse to be interviewed.
— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) May 18, 2020
Hehir did not go into great detail as to why the pair refused to take part in the series, but it would be safe to assume that they don’t want to relive the heartache of losing to Michael Jordan and the Bulls in back-to-back NBA Finals meetings in 1997 and 1998.
At that time, Malone was one of Jordan’s biggest rivals, with Episode 9, “The Last Dance”, even giving attention to what Jordan was feeling myself a little bit of a disadvantage, it is due to the way Malone has been added to the 1997 MVP over him.
As for Russell, we are all aware of the role he played in Jordan’s bridge. Unfortunately, the former Jazz guard was right, he was a victim of MJ’s game-winning and championship-clinching shot in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. The picture is of a Russell, to slip out of Jordan and then gave him a gentle nudge before you leave for the game-winner will forever be etched in the history of the game.
For what it’s worth, John Stockton, made an appearance on “The Last Dance”, and is an integral part of this Jazz team, there’s no denying the fact that he still feels the pain of that defeat to this day. However, the national basketball association (NBA Hall of Fame point guard and have to swallow his pride when he helped out at the end of the epic documentary about one of the, if not the greatest player of all time.