If there is one thing that ESPN’s hit docu-series The Last Dance has achieved, it’s bringing a wealth of NBA players together in their mutual love or hate of the great Michael Jordan. Some former players are reportedly livid with their representation in the series, whereas others are comfortable in knowing that the GOAT isn’t afraid to have his side of the story become folklore. Scottie Pippen is apparently unhappy with his portrayal but is staying silent. Horace Grant, on the other hand, has labelled Michael Jordan a ‘liar and a snitch’.
For Lebron James, widely regarded as Jordan’s successor, The Last Dance has brought old memories to the surface. Speaking with ESPN, James revealed the story of the first time he met His Ariness in a life-changing experience.
“There are two people that I’ve met in my life that have changed my damn life, ” he told ESPN in a live-streamed interview. “Meeting my wife, that I’ve been with since 2002 and when I met Michael Jordan in 2001…When I met Michael Jordan for the first time, I literally couldn’t believe it was him. The dude looked like Jesus Christ, he was Black Jesus to me. Nobody could tell me different.”
James relived the moment he met Jordan in a gym before a game in 2001. “When I saw him…if the man above took my right there, I would have lived a hell of a life”. You can check out James’ full interview above.
Former NBA Players React to The Last Dance
But Lebron wasn’t the only player to voice his opinion on Michael Jordan. Several other former players took to ESPN to share their thoughts on the docu-series and the man himself, including fierce rivals Isiah Thomas and Charles Barkley.
While much of Isiah’s commentary refers to the infamous ‘leaving him hanging’ episode after the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals. The Barkley interview, however, centres around the two NBA superstars’ battle for the 1993 MVP award, which Barkley won. Jordan, as he so often does, had the last laugh though, claiming the championship and defeating Barkley in a 6-game finals series.
Several others have come forward to share their thoughts on The Last Dance and what happened during Jordan’s playing career. Players such as Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman and Kendrick Perkins have shared their stories of Air Jordan in action, on and off the court, while commentator Stephen A. Smith has (unsurprisingly) also chimed in. Check out the video below for all the best reactions to the docu-series.