Doc Rivers reveals what he ‘hates’ about The Last Dance
Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has been up-to-date with the latest episodes of the Chicago Bulls documentary The Last Dance. However, he is not a big fan of the docu-series — or at least one part of it.
Rivers had an up-close look at Michael Jordan and the Bulls dynasty during his playing days, spending 13 seasons in the NBA as a point guard. With that said, the Clippers coach didn’t appreciate the way Detroit Pistons legend Isiah Thomas was depicted in the documentary.
“I hate the way that Isiah is being presented,” the Clippers bench tactician said. “Isiah was a ruthless winner … he’s no different from any other winner. Being from Chicago, Isiah’s the best player ever to come out of Chicago, in my opinion. Even my ego has to say that, you know? And then having Michael be the greatest player to play in Chicago … that created a competition on its own right. Like, Isiah wasn’t giving Michael Chicago, and Michael was trying to take Chicago, you know?
People don’t even know that part of it. They just see the Detroit part, and the Chicago Bulls part. But the biggest part is that. Isiah still lived in Chicago when he was playing for Detroit. He wanted to come home and be Isiah Thomas; he didn’t want to come home and hear about Michael Jordan. So it had a lot of energy to it.”
Thomas was Jordan’s on-court rival, with the two playing several intense and highly physical matches during their time. In fact, Jordan’s Bulls were stopped by Thomas’ Pistons in the playoffs in three straight years before getting over the hump in 1991 en route to winning the NBA title.
As the previous episodes of The Last Dance revealed, Thomas was not considered for a spot on the 1992 U.S. men’s national basketball team (“The Dream Team”) due to his rift with Jordan and other flare-ups with other NBA stars in the squad.
Doc Rivers, who clashed with Jordan and the Bulls during his two-plus-year stint with the New York Knicks in the early 1990s, didn’t like how the Chicago-born Thomas was shown to millions in The Last Dance, especially given the meaning the two-time NBA champion had as a representative for the Windy City in the professional league.