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There’s at least one thing Michael Jordan regrets in his life. No, it’s not drafting Kwame Brown, playing for the Wizards or continuing to wear baggy jeans years after they went out of style. His Airness wishes he could change the fact that former teammate Luc Longley wasn’t featured more prominently in The Last Dance docuseries released in 2020.
— theScore (@theScore) August 3, 2021
While speaking with the Australian Broadcasting Company, Jordan admitted that, in hindsight, he’d liked to have featured Longley more: “I can understand why Australia would say, ‘Well, why wouldn’t we include Luc?’ And we probably should have.
“And if I look back and could change anything, that’s probably what I would have changed.”
The 7’2 Longley was more often than not the starting center for the Bulls during their second Jordan-led three-peat (’96 – ’98). During the 1998 season, the focus of The Last Dance, Longley averaged a career-high 11.4 points.
As a member of a team that included household names like Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, Longley was rarely, if ever, in the spotlight. That trend continued when The Last Dance was released. “Sitting there on the couch and watching episode after episode where I wasn’t in it — yeah, I was bummed about that,” Longley commented to the Australian Broadcasting Company. “Why was I not in the doco? I don’t really know, to be honest.”
Longley, now 52, admitted that he would’ve liked to have had a larger role in it for the sake of kids in his native Australia: “I didn’t expect to be a heavy feature in it because they hadn’t interviewed me, but I did expect to be in it more than I was. I would like to have been in the doco so that Australian kids saw that there was an Australian in that team doing that thing.”
With Longley’s footage left on the cutting room floor, don’t be surprised if the Aussies start referring to MJ as “Error Jordan.”