The untold story behind Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson & ‘The Last Dance’

The Chicago Bulls Basketball team has a long list of former players and coaches whose names have already gone down in history as some of the best there ever were: Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman, to name a few.

However, they all left the Bulls and left former college basketball coach — now a former Chicago Bulls head coach — Tim Floyd to make his own magic.

Floyd joined Jason Whitlock to discuss his time as head coach and shares a story that would have forever changed the history of the Bulls’ dynasty and the NBA.

Floyd says that he believes he was hired because they “wanted a college guy to go develop pros because the league was going to get younger.”

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However, Bulls head coach was an intimidating seat to fill.

“You’re replacing a legend and a squad that had just won six titles in eight years. And the only two years they didn’t win, Michael was playing baseball,” Whitlock says.

Floyd was apprehensive about taking on the role at first and even told Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf that he wanted to wait to replace Phil Jackson.


A year before “The Last Dance,” Floyd was flown to Seattle to discuss taking Jackson’s spot with Reinsdorf after the 1995-96 season.

And he wouldn’t do it — yet.

“I think it’s too early,” Floyd said.

“This team is the Beatles,” he continued, “And I think it needs to die its own natural death.”

“So, indirectly,” Floyd jokes, “I take credit for the last two championships.”

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