Former LA Clippers guard Jamal Crawford recently shared his thoughts about The Last Dance and Michael Jordan with the LA Times.
Every once in a while something happens in the world of sports that captures universal attention. Big events like the Super Bowl, the Olympics, or a major game seven in a playoff series bring fans of the games we love together and remind us of the power sport has to unite us.
Right now, with most major American sports on hold, that event is a ten-hour documentary about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
The Last Dance, a ten-part documentary series from ESPN is currently airing two new episodes every Sunday night. Six of the ten episodes have aired and captured the attention of audiences around the world. The documentary has inspired reactions from fans online, bringing people together in a collective experience of nostalgia and remembering the career of one of the greatest athletes of all time.
It is also a nice reminder that professional athletes are also fans of the game, just like us.
Recently, former LA Clippers guard Jamal Crawford spoke to the LA Times about the documentary, his experience meeting Michael Jordan, and more.
During the interview, Crawford gives great perspective and insight as a former professional athlete and fan of the game. He talks about his love and respect for both Jordan, and his rival Isiah Thomas, shedding light on their shared competitive nature and mutual respect for each other, even though there was no love lost between the two.
Crawford says his favorite thing about the documentary is how it “pulls back the curtain” on Jordan, his life, and his relationship with his teammates. His curiosity and enthusiasm for the material shows that even a 19-year veteran of the NBA can learn something new from the viewing experience we’re all currently sharing.
One experience most of us will not have in common with Crawford is getting to personally know Jordan. Crawford shares the story of his first meeting with MJ during his rookie season in Chicago and how the former Bulls legend took him under his wing as a young NBA player.
“We played hoops, shot pool, just talked…it was cool,” Crawford says of the experience he had getting to visit Jordan’s home.
Most of us will never get the chance to hang out at Michael Jordan’s home, but The Last Dance documentary, currently airing on Sunday nights on ESPN, gives us all an inside look at the life of one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen.