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How Allen Iverson helped push Michael Jordan to participate in ESPN’s ‘The Last Dance’


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“The Last Dance” producer Mike Tollin told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne he spoke with Jordan in June 2016 – on the same day LeBron James and the Cavaliers were celebrating their incredible NBA Finals comeback with a parade through the streets of Cleveland – and had the rare opportunity to persuade him to give his blessing and participate in the documentary. One title in particular proved to be the perfect closer: the 2014 documentary “Iverson.”

From Shelburne:

“So there’s Kareem , there’s Hank Aaron, there’s ‘Varsity Blues,’ there’s ‘Coach Carter’ and so forth,” Tollin said.

“The reason I don’t think Michael wanted to do the show for so many years was, in a one-off doc, you just see his bad behavior and you’d say, ‘What a jerk,'” Tollin told 94WIP Sports Radio. “In a 10-episode series, you see the character arc play out. You see his motivation, you see his intent, you see how it pays off at the end. I gotta say, I hate to burst the bubble, but to me, he’s a great guy who just cares deeply, is intense, is emotional and he was really honest with us.

“I think you see a candor in Michael Jordan that you’ve never seen before.

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