Michael Jordan speaks out on ‘Next MJ’ talk in deleted Last Dance footage
The Last Dance documentary about the Chicago Bulls dynasty is certainly a classic. Months after it premiered, fans are still asking for more footage just to get their Michael Jordan fix. Turns out, ESPN’s 10-episode mini-series left out some juicy old interviews of His Airness. Luckily, they will be featured in a special limited-time Blu-ray gift set released on Monday.
While the special offers four hours of bonus never-before-seen footage, this particular interview of a young MJ with the late Stuart Scott stood out the most. The GOAT appeared in Scott’s Sunday Conversation show in June 1998, around the time the Bulls completed their second three-peat after defeating the Utah Jazz in six epic games.
In the clip previewed by Fan Sided, Jordan, who was already thinking about retirement at that time, was asked about the next generation of talent and who he thinks would be the next MJ.
“It’s not fair, you know, but it’s a standard of measurement. When I came in, (it was) Dr. J. It’s just a standard of measurement to compare to. But there’s never going to be another Michael Jordan. There’s never going to be another Dr. J, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird. Now, there’s gonna be a Kobe Bryant, there’s gonna be a Grant Hill, Anfernee Hardaway. These guys are going to have similar traits, it’s how they manifest those traits to be the best basketball player.”
Michael Jordan’s point of view about comparing legends is pretty spot-on, especially in today’s age when fans are fixated on the so-called GOAT debate. In the end, Jordan claimed that accomplishments will always speak for itself and will trump hype every single time.
“No matter what the league does, in terms of trying to promote, you can’t fool the consumer, you can’t fool the fans. So I mean, the game is going to say, he’s the next, whoever. Your game is going to have to evolve to that label the league is trying to promote you with. It’s a danger to that because the credibility of the game could take a hit.”
The Last Dance will forever be talked about as one of the greatest sports documentaries ever, with Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso even comparing it to getting high on drugs. Expect more Jordan-related stories from the deleted footages to go viral in the coming days.