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Michael Jordan was years ahead of his game. The Last Dance showed that he still is

The docuseries that enthralled millions isn’t just about sport, but the pursuit of perfection. And at its heart is a superstar who still retains his mysteryThe Last Dance, the wildly popular documentary series co-produced by ESPN and Netflix about Mich…

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The Last Dance is spectacular but leaves the real Michael Jordan up in the air | Barney Ronay

Though closer to hagiography than documentary, Jordan’s Netflix series offers a lavish and beautiful courtside seatThat thing you like? It’s actually rubbish. Here’s why. No wait, come back! This isn’t that. Although, as it happens, there has been a ba…

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The Last Dance is spectacular but leaves the real Michael Jordan up in the air | Barney Ronay

Though closer to hagiography than documentary, Jordan’s Netflix series offers a lavish and beautiful courtside seatThat thing you like? It’s actually rubbish. Here’s why. No wait, come back! This isn’t that. Although, as it happens, there has been a ba…

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Jerry Sloan, Utah Jazz great and Hall of Fame coach, dies aged 78

Famed NBA coach led Utah to NBA finals in 1997 and 1998 Sloan spent 34 years with Jazz franchise, 23 as head coachJerry Sloan, the coach who took the Utah Jazz to the NBA finals in 1997 and 1998 on his way to a spot in the Basketball Hall of Fame, died…

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Scottie Pippen said to be ‘beyond livid’ at Jordan for portrayal in The Last Dance

ESPN Radio host says Pippen ‘livid’ at portrayal in docuseriesReport follows Horace Grant’s criticism of ESPN ratings smashScottie Pippen has reportedly joined a growing chorus of former Chicago Bulls to take issue with Michael Jordan’s outsized influe…

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Michael Jordan burned bridges, LeBron James builds them. I know who I prefer

I was born and raised in Chicago and idolized Jordan growing up. But, unexpectedly, The Last Dance has made me gravitate towards LeBronI am hard pressed to name another athlete who has dominated my life quite like Michael Jeffrey Jordan. You see, I was…

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‘Lie, lie, lie’: Former Jordan teammate gives withering assessment of The Last Dance

Horace Grant says labels show ‘a so-called documentary’Former NBA champion says Jordan often crossed the lineIt appears that The Last Dance backlash has arrived. ESPN aired the final episode of the wildly popular Michael Jordan documentary on Sunday bu…

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Sports quiz: how much do you know about Michael Jordan?

Where was he born? What’s he worth? Which actor helped him out? Jordan grew up in North Carolina. But where was he born?Los AngelesNew York CityHamburgMiamiWhat is Jordan’s middle name?JeffreyRaymoneMichaelHe doesn’t have a middle nameJordan was marked…

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Michael Jordan says he would have returned to play for Chicago Bulls

NBA legend says team could have won a seventh championshipJordan was speaking in final episode of ESPN’s The Last DanceMichael Jordan says he would have been willing to continue his record-breaking career with the Chicago Bulls and chase a seventh NBA …

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Autopsy finds pilot in Kobe Bryant crash had no drugs or alcohol in system

Coroner: all nine on board sustained immediate fatal injuriesBryant crashed in thick fog north of Los Angeles in JanuaryThe pilot flying NBA legend Kobe Bryant and seven others, including his daughter, to a youth basketball tournament did not have alco…

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The Last Dance: Is the Michael Jordan documentary a dressed-up puff piece?

The hit docuseries on Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls scores big as entertainment, but journalistic compromises make it little more than longform branded contentNot long after ESPN scored its first ever Academy Award for Ezra Edelman’s nonpa…

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Heavily restricted NBA practices expected to resume on Friday

NBA teams expected to reopen practice facilities on FridayMy favorite game: Sixers v Lakers, Game 1, 2001 NBA finalsNBA teams are expected to get the go-ahead to reopen practice facilities for limited use as early as Friday, less than two months after …

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Michael Jordan insists ‘Republicans buy sneakers too’ quote was a joke

Comment has followed superstar throughout his lifeJordan addresses issue during ESPN’s The Last DanceMichael Jordan has discussed the quote that has come to define what many see as his willingness to put profit over principles.During a 1990 Senate race…

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Michael Jordan insists ‘Republicans buy sneakers too’ quote was a joke

Comment has followed superstar throughout his lifeJordan addresses issue during ESPN’s The Last DanceMichael Jordan has discussed the quote that has come to define what many see as his willingness to put profit over principles.During a 1990 Senate race…

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Coronavirus testing remains a major hurdle as US sports leagues eye return

MLB, NBA and NHL face uncertain timetables on restartingNascar to resume season in May with seven races in 10 daysPoliticians, players and owners are trying to figure out a way to get baseball, basketball and hockey going again, not only for economic r…

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My favourite game: Iverson stuns Kobe’s Lakers in the 2001 NBA finals | Bryan Armen Graham

No athlete has ever embodied my hometown’s underdog spirit more entirely than AI on the night he led the Sixers to a famous upset of the seemingly invincible LakersThe 2001 Philadelphia 76ers are a tall tale that only grows unlikelier with time. The pr…

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LA Lakers, valued at $3.7bn, pay back Covid-19 small business relief loan

16-time NBA champs are world’s eighth-most valuable teamTeam have not played since shutdown of sports in MarchThe Los Angeles Lakers have repaid a loan of roughly $4.6m from coronavirus business relief funds after learning the program had been depleted…

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Doctors on the return of sports: ‘Fans may not be in stadiums until well into 2021’

When will fans be let back into stadiums? Is it safe to reopen leagues? And will the sporting landscape be changed forever? Dr Nate Favini, medical lead at Forward healthcare services: “It all comes down to testing. If you have rapid and highly accurat…

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Covid-19 has cruelly exposed America’s inequalities. Now we need to come together

As an NBA player, I am proud the league has put the safety of players and fans first. During the downtime we can work on making a more just societyGreetings to all who have come across this message. I wish this interaction was on better terms. A lot ha…

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Michael Jordan’s furious desire to conquer all still burns decades later

A superb new ESPN documentary series reminds us that everything in the NBA legend’s playing career was bent towards a single goal: winningHave we never seen Michael Jordan like this before, or is it simply that we forgot? Anyone who lived through the C…