Michael Jordan book author calls out NBA legend for ‘blatant lies’

NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan before a boxing match in Las Vegas
May 2, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Chicago Bulls former player Michael Jordan in attendance before the boxing fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The documentary series “The Last Dance” is the most popular among that genre in recent history. It follows Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls during their final run at the NBA title back in 1997-98 season.

As he predicted, Jordan has become a villain of sorts since the doc aired to much fanfare starting last month. In fact, fellow six-time champion Scottie Pippen is said to be livid about how Jordan portrayed him in the series.

Now comes this piece of information from Bulls insider and the author of “The Jordan Rules,” Sam Smith. It does not paint the all-time NBA great in the best of lights.

“That was a complete and blatant lie by Michael,” Smith said of Jordan wanting to return for the 1998-99 season, via the Bay Area-based 95.7 The Game. “There were several things in the documentary that I saw, I would know, that he made up or he lied about. They weren’t major things, but it was like when a TV movie comes on and they say, ‘this is based on a true story.’ That’s what that was. It was based on a true story.”


This comes on the heels of Jordan indicating that he wanted to return for the 98-99 season, but bad blood between the Hall of Famer and then-Bulls general manager Jerry Krause made that impossible.

Pippen and Smith are not the only ones to call out Jordan since the documentary aired. Fellow former Bulls player Horace Grant called him a “snitch.”

It’s certainly not the best of looks for “His Airness.”