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Ah, one of which is actually getting a lot of these lesser named free agent signings slash late round draft picks that are going to some of these teams.
We're actually, but we've been Some of our guys have been conducting interviews with those players the NFL draft recently, like within the last couple days or so.
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We'll see if the opportunity arises.
So look, uh, you know, keep a lookout for that.
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That being said, let's go ahead and discuss what we watched last night.
Hopefully, most of you, if not all, did get the watch Part two of MJ's The Last Dance docuseries last night.
Otherwise, I would advise not tuning in further because you are going to be getting quite a few spoilers.
So, uh, that being said, I thought it be fun to kind of chit chat on some important key moments in the, uh, docuseries And, um, Josh, is that I think that's a peace sign.
Yeah, uh, if you if you don't want to have any spoilers as to what's going on, I would definitely advise tuning out if you can are putting it on mute for at least a few minutes here.
But, uh, let's kind of try to its hard toe, follow this thing chronologically because it skips back and forth.
It almost goes from the beginning, then towards the end of the Bulls era, and then back to the beginning, and it kind of skips back and forth around a little bit, so it's hard to go chronologically.
I'm just going to kind of spitball a few ideas and thoughts that I thought were highlights of the part two last night and one of which Waas Jordan's struggles early on in his career to win the Big one for lack of about a term.
We've all kind of seen that how LeBron and a few others have been classified as non winners early in their career because they couldn't take that next step toe winning a championship.
But Michael was the same way.
Everyone was kind of thinking the same way he was a superstar player.
Nobody denied the fact that he was, if not the best player, one of the top three MBA players in the game.
Certainly the most talented ever.
Seems like everybody kind of acknowledged that.
But he did kind of have that stigma stigmatism for quite a while.
Or stigma, I guess, is the proper word as being just a star MBA player that was not an elite winner the way he has thought of today.
So that, uh, that trajectory or, uh your path, let's just say that path to get there was not as easy is what everybody makes it out to be.
They highlighted the big rivalry with the Detroit Pistons Bad boys team that Dennis Rodman was actually on before he came over to the Bulls and he didn't come directly from there.
He actually went to the Spurs first and then got traded to the Bulls.
But so they touched on that.
And speaking of Dennis Rodman, they highlighted him at length and just the crazy personality that he is.
And some of the behind the scenes stories about him, which is actually pretty entertaining and fun to watch and follow along with everyone kind of knew that he was an oddball.
And he has that reputation of being just a guy that was crazy during his heyday.
But, uh, you kind of got a glimpse into even Mawr of a rial life scenario that he, ah, basically told the team that he wanted a vacation and m j.
So here's something else I want to point out.
Everybody criticizes LeBron now that he is the one making the decisions, and he has too much power except etcetera.
If you pay attention to this do***entary, what we've seen countless times is that not only Phil Jackson, but Collins, the coach that he had when he began his career with Chicago.
Every coach that he ever had.
Once he built that superstar status, he was basically in on making all the decisions.
You see this in the Dennis Rodman story, where he took a vacation.
Phil called Michael and talked to him about it.
You know, I wanted to get his thoughts on giving him the hiatus away from the team to get him his mentality back to where it needed to be toe win games and really make that last push there in the 97 98 season.
So it's funny to me that we all kind of criticized LeBron for that now, or at least allude to the fact that he has all this power.
But nobody really acknowledged the fact that NJ was probably just as involved, if not more, involved, in personnel decisions.
And specifically, they mentioned getting training for Dennis Rodman.
Michael Jordan was in on those discussions.
He knew what was going on.
They, in fact, brought him.
I believed to the recruitment meeting to get him and it's just things like that that weren't really disgust.
And you see kind of the parallels between the superstars and today and back in the day.
You know, we had a lot of the same type of cir***stances, so I thought that was pretty interesting, that we got a in depth behind the scenes Look at some of those decisions that Michael Jordan was personally involved in.
And we also, as we discussed with Dennis Rodman, said that the one story toe finish that he had this, you know, he asked for this vacation it gave it to him is supposed to be 48 hours, you know, he goes to Vegas, has a huge rager party, gets all the gets all of his demons out of them and can move on with his life, come back to the team, refreshed, etcetera, and it ended up being several days later, passed the 48 hour deadline which microbes or new was going to happen.
He in fact, warned, fill that we should.
They should not be allowing him to do that because he was worried that once he's gone, he might never come back.
So and then the funny story about his then girlfriend, Carmen Electra, which, by the way, ta even today it's still looking.
Mighty might define if I do say so myself.
And I had to look her up to see how old.
In fact, let's do that.
How old, this carbon elector.
Now she looks every bit of 32 Carmen Electra age with zero.
Wow, wow, almost 50 years old and looks just dandy Now, granted, you know she's on TV.
They're probably doing a lot to enhance those looks, but still nonetheless.
Major Take Away from That was she was his then girlfriend in bed, and they were probably hungover after a huge night, a parting, very little sleep and they get a knock on the door in the morning and it's Michael Jordan and Tour.
So she felt so embarrassed about her appearance that she, like, hit herself from, you know, with sheets or whatever, like over top of her face, and didn't want to be seen basically.
And ah, Michael just said, All right, Dennis, Time to come back.
So it's just crazy how the biggest superstar in the world at the time, Michael Jordan, is flying to Vegas to go pick up Dennis Rodman after a rager uh, party scene in which the team let him leave in the middle of a season to go get his aggression out on the party scene.
Can you imagine? Can you imagine how much the media covers everything and how instantaneous our media coverage is today and and and how false and over reactionary A lot of the news is now.
Can you imagine if a major player on the best team in the world did that today? I can't even fathom how much attention that would get.
There's no way that they would be allowed to do that one.
And just the fact that Phil Jackson could have could have had the personality that was so laid back like that to accompany all the players and be able to work with all those egos, but then also on the flip side of things, demand so much perfection and be so good of a coach.
To allow that same team that he could be loosey goosey with also be the best team in the world is a very fascinating dynamic.
And that just goes to show you why he was such a good coach and probably goes down is, if not the greatest NBA coach of all time, probably top to top three easily so coached Kobe after Michael won a few more championships and, uh, so just a stellar career from Phil Jackson.
But I thought that was very interesting to see coming kind of behind the scenes, how he was.
You kind of saw how that success played out because he was able to manage these crazy personalities so effectively.
And, uh, So you have this huge backstory on Rodman? They kind of towards the end, they highlighted his crazy personality and all the girls he had been with, I think Madonna, Carmen Electra.
He dated a few other high end celebrities at that time, too.
But I was towards the later part of his career, and towards the early part of his career, he was just, you know, a star player for the bad boy Pistons teams that was absolutely hated by the Bulls.
So ah, very fascinating story line when they're going to trade for Dennis Rodman.
Given the fact that he was on the biggest rival in the city of Chicago sports and then suddenly a few years later, he's playing on on the team.
So that was another thing they kind of discussed in, brought up at length as to just the dynamic there between the hatred of the Pistons and the Bulls at that time.
And they brought up the Jordan rules, which, if you don't know what that is, you know, take a look into that, read into that there's not a whole lot I'm gonna be able to offer that.
Basically, they had these rules that the Pistons have these rules in place where they were gonna punish him physically.
Michael Jordan, double triple team, whatever they had to do and really punish him every time he got inside the paint because that's what he was so good at.
I don't think people really realize until you see these highlights how great of a finisher he was.
You know, everybody kind of.
Ah, kind of agrees that LeBron is one of the best finishers of all time because of his ability and his athleticism, but finish at the rim and finish with contact and his leaping ability to get above the guys and some of his crazy wild dunks he's accomplished in his career.
But I don't think anybody has matched the finishing ability of Michael.
He like, glide in the air almost had, like a second level that he got to on occasion and would just hang up there, get the contact and still be up high enough toe.
Get off the shot at the very in.
So many double clutches.
When he was in the air, he was just impossible.
Once he got up in the air to defend.
I can imagine, and just seeing some of that footage really reminded me of what made Michael so good in today's MBA.
You know, he just played a totally different game.
He did not shoot that many threes.
His game revolved around him, flying towards the rim, finishing with contact and that mid range jumper.
That's not something you see too much in the MBA today.
It's very much changed into a three point contest.
And you know, finishing ability at the rim is still very important because fouls are called more often than they were back in those days and you're not allowed to be as aggressive as a defender as you were back in the nineties.
But still, it's very important to be able to have that skill and finish with contact at the rim.
So that's I guess, something similar to today's game that hasn't really changed.
But that dynamic between the mid range jumper that Michael perfected that fadeaway Mid Ranger that just you don't see a whole lot in today's game.
So that's another pretty interesting thing.
So what else did we? What else did we see? We didn't see a whole lot of discussion around Jerry Krause and that dynamic again, the front office and the players.
They didn't touch on that as much as I thought they would.
In fact, they left it up.
They left it in part one.
The cliffhanger was Scottie Pippen demanded a trade.
We got through like the entire first part, and we hadn't seen anything about Scottie Pippen yet demanding that trade.
It's like they just glance right over, and we didn't even get toe hear about it.
And then finally they touched on it.
But they didn't really discuss in too much length what transpired, or why he decided to come back.
Or what was the, you know, catalysts that brought him back.
Other than the fact that he knew that he was kind of in a losing war and it was just gonna be him verse the team, and he knew he was.
Hey was in a no win situation and he was kind of forced to come back.
So that's basically all day.
It was only a couple of minutes.
They discussed that, but they left it off in part one like that was going to be a huge cliffhanger that we'd find out about.
So, uh, I don't know how I feel about part one verse, part two.
The comparison between the two.
I don't know which one I liked more.
I I loved the, uh, dynamic between the rivalry between the Pistons and the Bulls.
I really liked seeing that I like to see in some of the behind the scenes big events related to Dennis Rodman.
In fact, one of the more interesting things that I thought was, you know, he kind of had that reputation as a bad boy, and he didn't really seem as though he was the smartest guy.
He made a lot of bonehead decisions in his day, but watching this do***entary, they really made an emphasis of how smart of a basketball player he was and how much he actually took it.
Serious. You didn't really.
I personally granted, we've discussed this on countless occasions.
I wasn't that old when Michael was in his heyday, but I did not remember Dennis Rodman as having the reputation of being a high basketball I Q guy.
Or, you know, you knew that he showed that big effort in gathering rebounds and he dive into the stands, the same loose balls, all that kind of stuff.
But you didn't really get to appreciate his craft as a basketball player.
He studied, uh, guys is offensive tendencies.
That's what made him so good at defense.
He knew when he got in the n b a what his calling card was going to be, and he practised his jumps in his reactions.
He would have guys come into the gym shoot.
He'd be on different various different spots around the rim.
And he just practiced his reactions on how to gather the rebounds based on other people shots.
And ah, so I thought that was pretty interesting that the fact that they really did, uh, highlight Dennis Rodman's basketball I Q.
And I did not think that that was something that was emphasized that much during his playing career.
I could be wrong, but I don't remember him ever as being that guy.
That was thought of as a high basketball I Q guy in a very reliable guy.
You know, Michael talked on numerous occasions in this part, too, about how much he trusted Dennis.
And on the floor, you know, he knew where he was gonna be.
He knew what kind of teammate and effort he was going to get out of them every single night.
And, uh so I thought that was pretty interesting because I never really classified Rodman as that type of player.
And Ah, so that was pretty interesting to see as well.
What else did you see? All the bad boys Pistons teams.
But not only that, they kind of, you know, the famous shot against the Cavs in Ah, gosh, what year was that? Was that 91 or no, that was 90.
I think that was 90 because 91 was when they won the first their first title.
But ah, him really breaking through in in having that game winner against the cabs, which is, you know, one of the more historic and iconic shots game enders that we still have to this day that taking that next step in taking down that good Cavs team was almost like step in the right direction, where everyone really started to appreciate Michael's clutch ability and his ability to kind of take over games and, uh, that Harper was the defender, the top defender for Cleveland.
And if you didn't get the catch, that little clip, I'll save you guys.
The the profanity.
But he was not happy with the fact that he was not given the green light guard Michael Jordan in that last shot by the coach.
For whatever reason, he did the coach, Cleland's coach decided to have somebody else guard Michael and then, obviously, and not being a huge mistake.
And Michael, even in Minnesota, admitted so himself.
So that was a pretty funny moment as well.
Go back and and watch that clip if you get a chance.
I'm sure it's been extremely viral today, one of the more, uh, funny and memorable clips of this part, too.
And then what else did we see? What else did we see? We saw what we didn't see, and I think what we're going to see in Part three is we still didn't get to see how that 97 98 season played out.
You know, they showed all of this the first half of the season in part one, mentioned several times about how Scotty without with injury and how they were struggling early on in the year.
And then Scotty demanded that trade.
And then we we kind of were left wondering.
OK, well, Wolf, get to find out how that 97 98 season developed and ended.
I mean, we all kind of really understand and know how it ended with that iconic shot.
But still, the fact that we still didn't get closure on that season is pretty funny to me.
I'm surprised that they did not highlight that In Part two.
We got all the way to the end, and obviously I think they showed the Jazz regular season match up first.
The Chicago and I think that's obviously a precursor to Part three.
What will probably get the finality off that 97 98 season and really see how that developed? And then my guess is at that point, we'll probably see how it all kind of got torn apart and how Phil left and and all that jazz and how Michael decided to step away and in all that stuff.
So, uh, that is one thing that they still have not discussed any of Michael Jordan's retirements, which is, ah, honestly, a major major part of his career.
So I hope they highlight that at some point, and not just a bit.
I really want them to go in depth on that because I want to know Michael's mentality on really, why he did that.
You hear so many rumors why he stepped away two times.
But you really didn't get to hear the rial truth from Michael, and I'm fascinated to hear what he has to say.
Several years later, he you know he's not in the moment anymore.
He's had several years to kind of reflect on things very curious to see if we get a little more insight as to why he made those key decisions in his career.
And, uh, so looking forward to that Ah, what else did I miss? Anything That's all that funny moment.
Chicago? Uh, they they should Michael That clip of Isaiah's Thomas's comments on those players on the Pistons just walking off the court and not shaken any of the Bulls hands when the Bulls finally took them down, even though the Bulls did that and showed class for the previous two seasons.
That was pretty funny when they showed Michael.
It's crazy how he's in his fifties now, and he can still hold that resentment towards some players.
That just shows you how serious those rivalries were.
And I think that's a little bit missing in today's game.
I think there's too many friends, too much funny buddy camaraderie around the league.
And, ah, I don't know, just, uh, interesting little dynamic that we don't get to see as serious of, Ah, altercations and all that kind of Ah, I don't know. I don't know.
I don't really know how to put it, but we just don't get to see it as much anymore.
Now I will say this being a huge LeBron fan and an avid LeBron James faller throughout most of my life, I, uh he has gone through several big time rivalries.
First it was the Boston team with Paul Pierce and Garnett and all those guys Rondo and then it waas uh then it kind of shifted to the Warriors.
I mean, they played that that heat team played the Dallas and they played, uh, they played, boy um, Dallas and then all Oklahoma City one when Katie James Harden and Russell Westbrook are all on the same team, that that's when LeBron captured his first MBA title.
So you have, like, brief little ah rivalries.
But really, the big ones in LeBron's career was that Boston team and then the Golden State dynasty.
So you didn't get to see the heated exchanges.
But those weren't until Eastern Conference Finals finals.
And then you still kind of see a joking camaraderie outside of the court, whereas now it's are back in the day, it seems like they took it a little bit more personal, which I kind of enjoyed just a fan.
It just makes things a little bit more dramatize.
It's like watching the UFC fight when you really know those guys hate each other outside of the ring and they're talking all that crap back and forth to each other and it builds the fight and then they have a big fight, you know, it doesn't really, uh, if it's not genuine and you can tell that they're just trying to sell a fight.
It just doesn't seem the same.
And I personally prefer it when you just know that there's that heated animosity towards one another and it's pretty similar toe how rivalries play out in sports.
I think that's why football rivalries are made out to be a bigger thing because it's such a physical sport that you can really kind of make your opponents pay on a play in and play out basis in those big time rivalries.
And you can kind of stick it to them physically and show your dominance towards the other.
Put toward the other player.
So kind of went on a little tangent there, but I just thought that was pretty interesting to note that little funny clip where LeBron Ara Michael was shown that clip of Isaiah Thomas, uh, trying to justify why they walked off the court without shaking hands, which I get it.
I'm one of the more competitive people that you'll ever come across, but it just doesn't seem right to kind of have that sore loser mentality and and walk off, even if it pains you and kills you you don't have to go above and beyond hugged the guys or anything like that.
Just a nice little DAP fist bump.
Whatever you wanna call it through the through the line just, you know, do your business move on, go to the locker room.
Don't talk to a single soul.
I'm fine with that.
Just show a little bit of sportsmanship, and I can obviously see several years later, Michael still has a bitter taste in his mouth towards those Pistons players, and it's just funny to me that they'll still will never be friends for the rest of their lives all over a game of basketball.
But, hey, it is what it is. I can understand.
Competitive juices get flowing and you know something's happened just the way it is, But, uh, so that being said, I'll close on this.
I, uh I don't know if I enjoyed Part two more than Part one.
I think I enjoyed part one a tad bit more just because there was a little bit more action, a little bit more game film.
Ah, recaps where we really got to see Michael highlights.
We didn't get to see as much of that in part to it was a little bit more centered around back stories with Phil Jackson and Dennis Rodman, but still in the heat.
A rivalry with the Pistons.
But still it was.
It was those backstories make things mawr interesting.
I mean, if you don't have the storylines, that it doesn't make the real life actions all that much fun and memorable.
So it's cool to see those behind the scenes things I just personally cared for, being able to witness a little more highlight of Jordan's play itself because it's something I just don't remember much as a kid with the exception of maybe a few games.
So that being said, those are my takeaways from Part two.
I hope you guys muted me or turn it off before I spoiled everything.
Like I told you guys to.
If you were in here.
Teoh, uh, not get spoiler alerts.
Then I think you came to the wrong place, but, uh, I enjoyed talking about it.
It's always cool to kind of reflect on things next Sunday Looks like we'll have part 39 at 9 p.m.
I will be on here again a week from today to break it all down part free recap.
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Happy Monday to you all.
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