Thursday, April 30, 2020
The Jordan Doc, the Death of the Indie Bookstore
Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss their first impressions of the Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance (1:40). They then go over the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week (35:20), the death of the beloved indie bookstore (38:05), and more from the Hall of Shame, with updates on media companies hit hard by the pandemic (48:32).
His contract expired at the end of the 1997-98 season, and Krause was open about Pippen’s time running out in Chicago. Despite five (soon to be six) championships in seven years, Pippen understood that he wasn’t going to get his due.
He was so disillusioned with the Bulls front office that he delayed surgery on a ruptured tendon that had been bothering him since the spring. Pippen opted to have the surgery close to the start of the season to prove that Chicago needed him. “Every day that Scottie wasn’t playing,” Jordan said, “gave someone else confidence that they could beat us.”
The second chapter of the doc ends with a threat. Pippen demands a trade in November 1997 after years of being underpaid and suffering the plight of being the glue guy.
Best Jordanism: The 1986 Series Against Boston
It’s odd in 2020 to glorify some Jordan stories. As the documentary shows during Pippen’s absence in 1997, he lashed out at teammates in a way that went beyond “expecting a higher standard.”
Separating the obsessed from the cruel has always been a thin line in the hypercompetitive world of sports. But The Last Dance shows the delightful Jordanisms, too, like the 57-year-old posted up for his interviews in an armchair with a cigar and a glass full of brown liquor on his end table.
In Episode 2, we see his ruthless nature come across in a positive way. After willing Chicago into the playoffs—clinching the 8-seed despite a losing record—and losing the series opener against the top-seeded Celtics, MJ and Boston shooting guard Danny Ainge play golf the day before Game 2. As Ainge tells it, he won some money off Jordan that day. The next day.
Jordan beat the single-game playoff record for points scored with 63, making a fool out of every Celtic thrown at him. Larry Bird says he’s still never seen a postseason performance like it. “That wasn’t Michae