Sunday’s episodes of “The Last Dance” touched on a number of subjects, from an emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant to the sustained grudges Michael Jordan still holds to the hilarious security guard that put the Bulls legend in his place.
Bryant, Charles Barkley, Isiah Thomas, Tony Kukoc, Jerry Seinfeld and even Michael Jordan’s mother, Deloris, trended on Twitter at various points during ESPN’s live broadcast of the documentary.
Here’s a look at some of the best social media reactions to episodes five and six of “The Last Dance”:
Tribute to Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant gave his documentary interview before he died in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash, meaning his portion of episode five was able to be left intact from how it was edited before his death outside of an intro tribute.
Then came the scene from the 1998 All-Star Game inside the East locker room, with Jordan and the other All Stars talking about Bryant as a young up-and-comer.
In Bryant’s interview, he said that he saw Jordan as his “older brother,” and Jordan said he also thought of Bryant as a “little brother.”
Adidas fumbles Jordan shoe deal
During the documentary, Jordan revealed he actually wanted to sign with Adidas coming out of college, but the company never even offered him a deal as they said they couldn’t make him his own shoe line.
Not only did Jordan prefer Adidas, but he didn’t even want to meet with the executives at Nike. But lucky for him, his mother talked him into it.
Isiah Thomas getting snubbed from 1992 Olympics
The 1992 Dream Team is one of the most iconic teams in sports history, but there was a lot of controversy about Isiah Thomas being left off. Much of the blame for Thomas’ snub is his beef with Jordan after he and the Pistons refused to shake hands with the Bulls following their defeat in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals. Twitter made sure to get off plenty of jokes on the situation.
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen’s beef with Tony Kukoc
Another conflict during the 1992 Olympics was the tension between Bulls teammates Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen with the U.S. and Tony Kukoc with Croatia. Kukoc was being groomed by GM Jerry Krause to be the future of the Bulls, which Jordan and Pippen didn’t appreciate because they felt they were being disrespected.
That put a target on Kukoc’s back when the U.S. and Croatia faced each other.
Charles Barkley was good at basketball
Remember a while back when Draymond Green said he’s had more impact as a player than Charles Barkley? Yeah, that was dumb, and “The Last Dance” reminded everyone just how dumb it was with Barkley’s performance during the 1993 season in which he won MVP over Jordan and took the Suns to the NBA Finals.
Michael Jordan’s sunglasses
During the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Knicks, reports surfaced that Jordan had gambling problems. He didn’t talk to the media for a week before he finally granted an interview to Ahmahd Rashad, saying he didn’t have a gambling problem while wearing the shadiest sunglasses you’ve ever seen in your life.
Michael Jordan’s security guard banter
Jordan’s betting habit extended to games of quarters in the United Center hallways with security guards before games.
One guard won money off Jordan and celebrated with an MJ shrug.
Jerry Seinfeld casually chilling in the Bulls’ locker room
During the 1998 NBA season, the Bulls were drawing incredibly large crowds, with everyone scrambling to see Jordan in what was rumored to be his last season in Chicago. All of the biggest celebrities would show up to watch, and during the 90s, there was no one bigger than Jerry Seinfeld. His cameo in the Bulls’ locker room before a game gave lots of viewers a good laugh.
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