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Watch & learn: Michael Jordan gets emotional in my fave scene yet from The Last Dance.

Watch & learn: Michael Jordan gets emotional in my fave scene yet from The Last Dance.

Caveat: this isn’t a “documentary.” It’s a commercial. Jordan is a producer, and hides that fact. Commercials can be fun, but aren’t necessarily honest. See the top comment below.

Leadership isn’t always about being nice—sometimes we have to challenge ourselves, and one another, in order to grow. And that can be uncomfortable. Sacrifice isn’t always fun.

Winning demands both.


Anyone watching The Last Dance? There was a really powerful scene about Michael Jordan not being likeable–about leadership, about winning, about sacrificing “being liked.”

Jordan emotional after being asked if he’s too hard on his teammates, “You ask all my teammates, the one thing about Michael Jordan was…” He continues, “…he never asked me to do something that he didn’t f*****g do.”

Nearly-full scene does it justice:

Great reader comment: “When I worked in an operating room, surgeons were some of the biggest assholes in the world. And circulating with these mfers was the roughest thing due to the stress they put on you. Curse you out, berate you, just wears you and everyone in the room down.

But then you realize what it takes to be a surgeon. Always have to be on point. Obligations that cut way too into your personal life. Strained family relationships. Being the best and always being on point is just so god damn stressful.

Wtf does that have to do with anything? – I can understand MJ’s emotion. It’s odd to see him cry about this, but really you just know damn well MJ really fucking loves being good at basketball. So much that it can stress him out and take it out on the wrong people. Yes, from others, he’s the asshole. But MJ just flat out loves this shit to the point of insanity.”


One major caveat re: this series. Jordan is the star…and subject…and producer.

That makes it not-journalism—not purely honest—there’s an inherent conflict of interest around any tough issues, an incentive to hide anything he doesn’t want to talk about, or portray him favorably around any controversial questions.

The danger (like Tiger King) of producers and directors effing with the truth? Cases in the point: the portrayal of his father (mostly) and mother: “Hardass is a bit of an understatement. Not sure if MJs dad is a man to be defended.”


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