Why Michael Jordan regrets Luc Longley’s omission from ‘The Last Dance’

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Despite its three Primetime Emmy awards, Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan doesn’t view “The Last Dance” as perfect. Omitting one of his favorite teammates, Luc Longley, is the reason why. In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Jordan admitted he regrets not including the Australian big man in the docuseries. 

“I can understand why Australia would say, ‘Well, why wouldn’t we include Luc [Longley]?’ And we probably should have,” Jordan said. “And if I look back and could change anything, that’s probably what I would have changed.” 

Series director Jason Hehir told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that Longley wasn’t featured in the show because they didn’t have the money in their budget to send a filming crew to Australia, where Longley lives. 

Even with the explanation, Longley’s Bulls teammate and current Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, “I know it hurt him… I feel bad for Luc.” 

“I didn’t expect to be a heavy feature in it because they hadn’t interviewed me, but I did expect to be in it more than I was,” Longley told the Sun-Times. “Sitting there on the couch and watching episode after episode where I wasn’t in it — yeah, I was bummed about that.”

Longley played half of his 10 NBA seasons with the Bulls and won three championships. The 7-2 center’s screen-setting, defense and pick-and-roll ability were instrumental to Chicago’s title run. 

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