In case you live under a rock, ESPN’s 10-part documentary series “The Last Dance”, which documents the dominant title of the Chicago Bull in the 1990s led by none other than Michael Jordan, has taken over the world of television and streaming. .
It even surpassed Netflix’s “Tiger King” as the world’s first documentary, both of which garnered millions and millions of views thanks in large part to COVID-19’s current lockdown rules.
Among the key focal points of “The Last Dance” is Jordan’s beef with Isiah Thomas, the Hall of Fame point guard who brought the Detroit Pistons to consecutive titles in the late 1980s at the expense of Jordan and his Bulls. What started out as a simple competitive rivalry has slowly turned into one of the bitterest steers in NBA history.
After Jordan and the Bulls finally overcame the Detroit hump and managed to win their second straight title in 1992, he led the legendary “Dream Team” – a team made up of the top 11 NBA players and a college player – Olympic gold in Barcelona, Spain.
Coincidentally, Thomas – who is considered one of the best players in the NBA of all time – was not part of this historic team, which strangled the entire opposition by an average of 40 points per game. To date, legend has it that it was Jordan who called to keep Thomas out of the team, although he quickly denied the claim.
Personally, I would have inserted Thomas on Chris Mullins and Christian Laettner in the blink of an eye.
In one of the most recent episodes, Thomas expressed disappointment after being kicked out of the team, saying he did not understand why he was ignored because he met the criteria to the letter. His comments have now become a hilarious video meme. It’s a feeling that Aljamain Sterling can relate to since he went on Twitter to post the clip (via Anton Tabuena from Bloody Elbow) after feeling that he himself had been snubbed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for a bantamweight title fight against Henry Cejudo at UFC 249 after Jose Aldo was kicked out.
Instead, the promotion anchored former division champion Dominick Cruz to face “Triple C” this Saturday (May 9, 2020) in Jacksonville, Florida. It was a whim for some, including Sterling, because Cruz has not competed for more than 2.5 years and has just lost.
In all honesty, Cruz was the longest defending champion in the 135-pound division, and his loss to Cody Garbrandt was his first loss in eight years, and just the second loss in his 15-year career.
Sterling – who managed to get overtaken in the process – won four straight and has not lost since 2017, which he says is more than enough to meet the criteria for the championship. Don’t worry, while waiting for the result of the fight on Saturday evening, “Funkmaster” is in charge of the driver for a shot at the winner, although Petr Yan will likely have a say in the matter as well.
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