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Chris Mullin talks Michael Jordan, The Last Dance, Dream Team | SportsTalk Live | NBC Sports Chicago

May 31, 2021
Chris Mullin, the

dream

team

, a phenomenal player, a hall of famer, was kind enough to give us some time today. I'm sure your phone has been ringing with this documentary and everything that's going on. Did you enjoy watching Chris's

last

dance

? I tuned it. I mean, it obviously helped that there were no

live

sports

. I'm not too sure about regular hours. I would see him on Mother's Day. I don't know if that would have been great for my family, but I actually tuned into every episode. and overall I enjoyed it, I mean I got a different perspective on the artists.
chris mullin talks michael jordan the last dance dream team sportstalk live nbc sports chicago
I didn't play with Michael in the intense 82-game schedule until the playoffs in the archives. I don't have those experiences with Michael, but you know, there's no doubt about him. determination his greatness I watched him rise basically from high school to college to his NBA career our careers mirrored each other so I watched him up close and personal, you know from a distance, and his rise to stardom, but you know that you talked to some guys that went through the rigors of an MBA, so yeah, it's a different perspective, but I get it when you watch this 10 episode episode and I interviewed Horace Grant yesterday and he pointed a flamethrower at Michael , can you understand that certain guys are frustrated by how they were perceived especially?
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Scottie, who was listening, was not happy with the way he was characterized during this documentary, yes, I think you have to look at both sides, all different sides, you have different angles when you tell me stories. 2025 years later, everyone has their perception of what really happened. No. you have the exact memory of that, so yeah, I can understand that again, so Mike, this is my perspective playing at the Olympic Ruth Michael mostly in all-star game situations and looking back, I think the games the ones I played in and now we're up to 24 so there's really not much to worry about, I saw Michael Moore in practice situations and win situations and I think in the documentary it was very clear that he had incredible intensity in practice , he was a detail-oriented guy, so his practice reflected the way he played the game.
chris mullin talks michael jordan the last dance dream team sportstalk live nbc sports chicago
He used the rehearsal as preparation, but yeah, different as a

team

mate in a more intense situation, so I can understand that. I don't like that you know that people are getting nervous 20 years later, you like to think guys guys 50 60 years old, you can let it be known, but I get it, look, this is there, this is his legacy, they went through a lot together and probably someone felt they wanted to have at least some information in their own right to give. their side of the story, so when you think about the '98 Conference Finals and I thought they ended at the right time, I don't blame management, I thought Dennis was done, Scotty was going to get paid somewhere and he had some back injuries.
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I understand why he broke up. I also thought that you guys could very easily have been not a one-time champion, but a multi-time champion, which was a great Indiana team. What do you remember about that series? Yes, obviously we went, we were one. team that put pressure in the seventh game and in that seventh game away from home it was a close game, they had a great fight and grit to get that victory, so we were there, we give them credit, they made the big plays as if they had done it, oh look at everything. their series was close, you know, they had some tough moments in the finals, that's where greatness comes in, that's why Michael is Michael, he's six years old, you know, in the

last

six Finals MVP, six Finals MVP, yeah , but you know one thing about those Bulls teams.
You know that the champion teams were if you look at what they had, you're talking about 54 points, you know that they had a very good offensive team from the west coast of Seattle, a dynamic offensive team, they put the defenses in check, so when they won games, they want the 80's, which is a little weird for a really talented offensive team, but Michael and Scottie at the time were the two best perimeter defenders in the league, but I don't think they were close and that's why they could and in most cases teams the perimeter is what makes the offenses. go against us Scottie got into tomorrow Jackson and disrupted the offense Michael Ron Harper got into Reggie and I and they were able to get us off screens and really just shut down your offense so they could win with your beautiful free-flowing triangle offense. on a given night or you know, just blocking a team defensively is what it really is so they can play both ways, they can win both ways.
Yesterday we had Kathy Martin Harrison, you may not know that name. She was the blonde Pacers fan she's facing. the Bulls players in her documentary and we tracked her down and we had her yesterday and she said she hated the Chicago Bulls. She's been a season ticket holder for the Indiana Pacers for 44 years and she still is and she said I dated Patrick Ewing Michael Jordan. Dennis Rodman, she goes, but they ripped our hearts out because we had a really good team. Did you feel that way looking back as a man? Well, if that team is not there, we are champions, yes, that happened to many teams in Indiana. so I played 13 years ago in state three in Indiana, very unique place, very close to Chicago, very different atmosphere, scream, college atmosphere, you know, when you go to the games, tomorrow they'll drive there, Marcus, now We are the new country house with flags. hanging out, I've never seen that for a pro team, so it was an awesome fan base.
I was with Coach Larry and you know he's nice, sir. Indiana Donnie Walsh has been on assignments from a great ownership group, so this is a really awesome feeling for that organization and rightfully so, what I liked about that clip was when my guy Joe Klein looked like that on that team, You know Michael, of course. gets the dominance, you know the headlines, but Bill came in was my college roommate Joe Klein, we played together on the '84 Olympic team. I was a new Steve Kerr, Joe Bush I had played with, so these are guys the ones I grew up with in high school. school, college and the pros, so I don't think there was a lot of admiration, respect, no doubt, but from an intimidation play by Stan Sam we weren't intimidated, we knew they were great, we were trying to beat him and we were very close, some of you. you know jump here there, you know if you made some defensive rebounds it might be different, but if you look at Jerry West, he just got one championship right, that's the reason why there's a reason why Bill Russell, so all the players from the Don Michaels era, coming out with six, were hits.
So there's a very good reason why a lot of us don't have rings and when you watch this documentary you go, "Oh, that makes sense, yeah, I get it, so you were in Golden State." Michael shows up to practice with you, what do you do? Remember that and at that moment he told you: I'm going to come back, no, he didn't say it, but his work said it, so he was very good friends with Rod Higgins, who was one of my best friends. He started in Chicago. where Mike was a rookie I think I was a sophomore when Mike was a rookie, they are very good friends.
Mike periodically went to the Bay Area to go to Napa to play golf. He was in season. I think he was in Napa, he showed up at one of our practices and we were sitting around and I was injured at the time, so I was sitting at the score table seeing that he was Tim Hardaway. Latrell Sprewell hit a nice group of young talent and they could have been throwing a little bit that makes sense, which is all Michael needs to get going and he's like mullets, come on, give me your stuff, could we wear sneakers the same size?
So I went to my locker, grabbed my gear, hey, Nelly said, let's start a fire. with five dollars, he was going to the scrimmage he actually said yeah, right, Mike came out and these guys were, you know, obviously in the season Michael had been playing and he dominated the scrimmage that his team won, he was posting Tim killing Sprewell and only to say nothing. but when I saw him play he just showed up and did that, this guy has to come back, he's in great shape, he should offer averages, so deep down I think he's going to come back, he's got a minute and he said this is ridiculous. how good he still is, yeah, I think moments like that are what makes me feel guilty, from my point of view, I really always look at Michael the same way I did in 1981, when he came out, he came out with the bear afterwards from season 93.
He had been through the grueling championship season, lost his father and I remember him out here, physically and emotionally fatigued, as if falling asleep on my couch was something relaxing and we wouldn't play golf, we would play tennis with Brad Gilbert. and really getting away from it all, I just came to see her friend Rod and we did things that we were doing in 1981. I remember one high school, so from my perspective, I understand the intensity and the grueling practice that she had with those. teammates, but I saw it as I said in all the winning situations and in small doses we are almost out of time but very fast.
I have to ask them what the game practice was like that they had at the Olympics because the late Chuck Daly told me it was the best game I've ever seen in my life and there wasn't a single fan there, yeah, that makes it awesome, and then the legendary players, and we all know they are, but it all came down to Michael and the magic, really a one-on-one duel anywhere. otherwise he just played a small role which you always say is like being in a big mafia movie with De Niro and Pacino, yeah just don't ruin your role, but Michael basically took the torch away from Michael in that practice session on our way to Barcelona and the magic was de

live

red not kindly but said: "you know you are the best leaders, you lead us to the gold medal" but I think what is underrated and then they mention "I'm glad you mention" It's Chuck Daly's influence on that.
All summer long, the incredible wisdom and humility that he said he had within his greatness knew what buttons to push and I think he just felt like we needed a little bit more of an edge before we went to the Olympics and he knew that Michael's magical dynamic would bring that. Yeah, all those great legendary players playing in an empty Jeter Monte Carlo and you have magic and Michael just does it verbally physically. You have Charles Barkley on the first call. Malone Patrick Ewing versus David Robinson. You know, up and down, which is kind of amazing. to look back on, so that's the only thing with the last

dance

or the

dream

team.
I always pour my life into DISA, I really cherish those memories and I orient myself toward the good times, you know, and then, like I said, it's more of a different perspective than staying Michaels, teammates with the Bulls, I appreciate your time, I loved watching you play, you are a good man, good luck, stay safe and healthy, same to you, thank you.

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