Michael Jordan was often, and still is, seen as larger than life.
Episode 8 of “The Last Dance” on Sunday night, however, provided fans with a unique look at a Jordan who was human — something most hadn’t ever seen before.
Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to a 4-2 series win against the Seattle Supersonics in the 1996 NBA Finals, marking Chicago’s fourth in six years. In the final moments of the episode, Jordan broke down in tears in the locker room while clutching a basketball to his face as he sprawled out on the floor.
Not only did that title mark the first one since his father’s death — James Jordan was killed in 1993, just months before Jordan announced his first retirement and made the brief jump to baseball — but Jordan also secured the win on Father’s Day.
Naturally, he was completely overcome with emotions.
“I can’t even put it into words, on Father’s Day, what this means to me,” Jordan said on the court after the win. “I know he’s watching. To my wife, to my kids, to my brothers and sisters, this is for Daddy. I’m very happy for him.”
It was, perhaps, Jordan’s most human moment.
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