Michael Jordan took time out of his busy schedule to be interviewed for Luc Longley‘s documentary, One Giant Leap. Australian Story executive producer Caitlin Shea spoke to the Chicago Bulls legend via Zoom at his Florida golf club, and the two had a wide-ranging chat.
During the interview, Jordan said he wished he could have included Longley in The Last Dance docuseries. When Shea heard the six-time champion say that, she was stunned.
Michael Jordan’s Luc Longley comment shocked Caitlin Shea
Shea spoke to Chicago sports historian Jack M Silverstein about her interview with Jordan and admitted she didn’t expect MJ to say what he did about Longley not being in The Last Dance.
“I wasn’t expecting that,” Shea said. “That’s not, certainly, a question that I said to him. ‘Do you regret this? Don’t you think you should have?’ I didn’t ask those sorts of questions. He just came out with that. I thought that was interesting.”
Jordan and Longley won three straight championships together on the Bulls in 1996, 1997, and 1998. However, the center wasn’t highlighted in The Last Dance. Jordan told Shea that Longley’s omission from the famous docuseries is something he would change. After all, the New Mexico product played a significant role in the Bulls’ second three-peat.
Luc Longley played well for Bulls
From 1995-96 to 1997-98, Longley appeared in 179 regular-season games for the Bulls. He averaged 9.9 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 46.4% from the field and 76.5% from the free-throw line.
The Bulls defeated the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1996 Finals and the Utah Jazz in 1997 and 1998. Jordan won Finals MVP each time and received most of the praise from the media for Chicago’s success. However, the 10-time scoring champion told Shea he would not leave Longley off his team if he had to do it all over again.
“We shared a lot,” Jordan said. “We competed together. I would take him any day of the week if I had to go through a competition again. If you asked me to do it all over again, there’s no way I would leave Luc Longley off my team. No way possible. Because he mattered. He had an impact on me. He made me better as a player.”
Jordan not only surprised Shea when he talked about Longley not being in The Last Dance, but the Hall of Famer also showed his sensitive side during the interview.
Michael Jordan was very generous
Shea told Silverstein that she was nervous before the Jordan interview started. However, she quickly realized the Bulls icon was “very generous.”
“At a certain point, I went, ‘Oh, I’m not going to be nervous about this interview anymore. Michael is really enjoying sitting here and being interviewed. He’s being very generous. He wants to do the right thing by Luc, so just have a nice conversation with him.’ It was really good.”
Jordan is a busy man, so the fact that he made time to participate in Longley’s documentary shows how much he cares about the Australian.