Reggie Miller’s true thoughts on appearing in ‘The Last Dance’
NBA Hall of Famer Reggie Miller knew that appearing on ESPN’s “The Last Dance” docu-series would dug up some old painful wounds that took some time to heal.
According to his former Pacers teammate Jalen Rose, Miller initially thought about refusing to appear in the now-critically acclaimed documentary, which chronicled the greatness of Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
“Interviewing Reggie, as somebody who played with him, I was trying to initially get him to interview for this do. He didn’t want to do it. It was too much pain,” Rose said in the Jalen & Jacoby aftershow podcast.
Reggie Miller didn't want to do the doc initially. "It was too much pain."
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“The Last Dance” director Jason Hehir also chimed in and revealed that it took quite some time before they got Reggie to agree with a sit-down.
The penultimate episode of “The Last Dance,” which aired on Sunday, delved about the Pacers’ Eastern Conference Finals loss to the Bulls in 1998. Miller and company pushed the Jordan-led squad to the brink and was one game away from ending the powerful NBA dynasty.
Game 7, however, didn’t go their way as Jordan and Scottie Pippen’s clutch shots powered Chicago to victory. The Bulls went on to secure their third consecutive title and second three-peat in franchise history when they defeated the Utah Jazz in the ensuing NBA Finals.
Reggie Miller, meanwhile, was just one of the many superstars that got denied a chance at an NBA title by that overpowered Bulls squad in the ’90s.
Like Miller, Jazz point guard John Stockton also initially refused to appear in “The Last Dance,” claiming he did not want to be part of Jordan’s “puff piece.”