Dennis Rodman Defends Michael Jordan and ‘The Last Dance,’ Claims Bulls Players Weren’t ‘Mentally Strong Enough’


Dennis Rodman has defended Michael Jordan in opposition to among the criticism he has acquired within the wake of The Last Dance, suggesting a few of their former teammates weren’t mentally robust sufficient to take care of MJ’s ferocious will to win.

Rodman was a key member of the Chicago Bulls that received three consecutive NBA titles between 1996 and 1998 and featured prominently in ESPN’s 10-part documentary chronicling Jordan’s remaining season with the Bulls.

While the present has acquired nearly common acclaim and has proved a success with the viewers, it has been criticised for telling Jordan’s story completely from his viewpoint.

Horace Grant, who was a part of the Bulls workforce that received the franchise’s first three-peat between 1991 and 1993 urged the documentary was edited to make Jordan look higher.

Scottie Pippen, Jordan’s trusted lieutenant in the course of the Bulls’ six titles, was additionally stated to be sad at his portrayal within the documentary.

Rodman admitted his teammates sometimes felt like they had been being harshly handled by Jordan throughout his taking part in days, however defended the documentary and felt the criticism was not warranted.

“The players were a little upset because they felt Michael was throwing them under the bus,” Rodman stated on Thursday morning throughout an look on British TV present Good Morning Britain.

“[Jordan said] ‘You guys wasn’t doing what I want you to do, I’m the greatest, I’m determined to win no matter what.'”

Rodman then expanded his perception that a few of his teammates felt slighted by Jordan’s criticism as a result of they weren’t mentally robust sufficient to deal with his boundless aggressive drive.

“The next thing you know Michael starts to talking about the whole team … the team-mates I played with,” he continued.

“Mentally I don’t think they were strong enough to handle that, because Phil Jackson is a laid back coach. Michael is more like, ‘I’m going to do it watch me be famous.’

“I did not care as a result of I used to be already well-known.”

As the documentary showed, Rodman was among the selected few Jordan seemingly granted special treatment. Episode 3 and 4 of The Last Dance delved into one of Rodman’s famous off court incidents, when he was granted a 48-hour to escape to Las Vegas during the 1997-98 season.

True to form, the five-time NBA champion extended his foray in Sin City beyond the agreed time before returning to Chicago. By the time his mini-break had reached its fourth day, Jordan had to fetch his teammate out of the Chicago apartment Rodman shared with then-girlfriend Carmen Electra.

Jordan had initially convinced then-head coach Phil Jackson to let Rodman go and was surprisingly magnanimous with his teammate when he eventually returned.

“He did not actually pull me on that as a result of I had already that can to win as a result of I got here from winners in Detroit and San Antonio,” the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year added.

Rodman is the most prominent former Bulls player to publicly defend Jordan, who was criticized earlier this week by Grant.

During an interview with ESPN 1000’s Kap and Co radio show on Tuesday, Grant said “90 p.c of the documentary was b******t” and that it had been edited to make Jordan look better.

A day later, David Kaplan, the host of Kap and Co, said Pippen was “past furious” at his portrayal in the documentary.

“He [Pippen] is so offended at Michael [Jordan] and the way he was portrayed, referred to as egocentric, referred to as this, referred to as that, that he is livid that he participated and didn’t notice what he was getting himself into,” he said.

Notably, earlier this week Rodman praised Pippen and suggested The Last Dance had given the public a new understanding of his former teammate.

“Scottie was so underrated—and so underpaid. He needs to be holding his head up greater than Michael Jordan on this documentary,” he told ESPN. “I feel lots of people at the moment are realizing what he went by way of. The child was a hero, in numerous methods, throughout these nice Bulls runs.”

Dennis Rodman Defends Michael Jordan and 'The Last Dance,' Claims Bulls Players Weren't 'Mentally Strong Enough'
Michael Jordan and Dennis Rodman, each of the Chicago Bulls, after Rodman was referred to as for a technical foul in the course of the second half of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-finals sport in opposition to the Charlotte Hornets on the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, on May 3, 1998. The Bulls received the sport 83-70 to guide the collection 1-0. Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty