ESPN “The Last Dance” on NBA legend Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls of the 90s ended Sunday, and there were two former Utah Jazz players who refused to be interviewed for the historic documentary .
According to the director of “The Last Dance”, Jason Hehir, Bryon Russell and the Hall of Fame Karl Malone refused to stand out from the 10-part series. However, jazz leader John Stockton has made an appearance.
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Hehir did not explain in detail why the two players refused the opportunity, but it makes sense that Malone and Russell are still bitter in losing against Jordan and the Bulls in consecutive NBA final games in 1997 and 1998 .
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One of the greatest strikers in league history, Malone was one of Jordan’s biggest opponents, and in episode 9 of the documentary, it was noted that Jordan was angry that Malone had was elected MVP NBA 1997 on him. In the end, Jordan ended up leading the Bulls to the championship, and he won the MVP title in the NBA Finals.
Russell, meanwhile, was the player who defended Jordan when he made the winning streak in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals, who ended up being the title champion as well. Jordan backed up near the free throw line, letting Russell go the other way, and he emptied the shot with less than 6 seconds left in the ball game.