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Kendrick Perkins rips ‘Last Dance,’ says he’s glad Michael Jordan isn’t his GOAT

Kendrick Perkins rips ‘Last Dance,’ says he’s glad Michael Jordan isn’t his GOAT

On the off-chance you haven’t had enough of the 2008 Celtics, Kendrick Perkins is at it again.

The topic: Fresh audio that proved Michael Jordan specifically requested Isiah Thomas be left off the 1992 Dream Team, despite Jordan denying such allegations in ESPN’s “The Last Dance.”

“Free Zeke! What is the problem with Isiah Thomas? Isiah Thomas is a great individual, and to me, you know what it is? They had a problem with Isiah Thomas’ competitive nature. He was the ultimate competitor, that’s the only way I see them keeping him off the Dream Team, saying they didn’t want to play with him,” Perkins said in a recent appearance on ESPN’s First Take.

Of course, the conversation pivoted to a pinch of “The Last Dance” talk. You can guess the direction that went in.

“‘The Last (Dance) documentary was the best sports documentary that I ever saw,” Perkins said, “but one thing I took away from it: it was full of lies, and it was full of snitching. 

“And when we look at Michael Jordan — and I’m glad he’s not my GOAT, LeBron James is my GOAT, but that’s y’all’s GOAT — he lied, he threw everybody under the bus at the end of the day. ‘The Last Dance’ was to make MJ look like a superhero and make everybody else look like a villain…

“... at the end of the day, I’m just happy LeBron James is my GOAT.”

All in a day’s work for Perkins, who hasn’t been shy in criticizing Jordan and the documentary at every turn.

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Bulls’ Top 10 Point Guards in franchise history

Bulls’ Top 10 Point Guards in franchise history

Every Monday for the next five weeks, NBC Sports Chicago will be counting the best 10 Bulls players at each position in franchise history.

First up, the point guards.

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Here, there are a wide array of specialties. The rugged defense of Ricky Sobers and Norm Van Lier. The sharp shooting of John Paxson and B.J. Armstrong. The unmatched athleticism of Derrick Rose. And so much more.

All of which is to say, none of these rankings are sure to be easy — especially for a franchise as storied as the Bulls. But here goes nothing.

Bulls’ Top 10 Point Guards in franchise history

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Former Bull Robin Lopez loving life as a Milwaukee Buck in Disney World

Former Bull Robin Lopez loving life as a Milwaukee Buck in Disney World

From the moment the Milwaukee Bucks arrived at Walt Disney World for the NBA’s restart in Orlando, Fla., Robin Lopez has been his typically humorous self on social media.

The former Bulls center and current Bucks man in the middle, along with twin brother Brook, has never disguised his love for all things Disney. Brook owns a house on the property. And the brothers have visited Disney properties both stateside and overseas for years.

But little did Robin know when he visited the resort over All-Star weekend that he’d be back, not only on the park’s grounds, but playing for the Eastern Conference favorites with a title at stake.

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“So far, it’s very much been surreal,” Lopez said on a Zoom media session Sunday. “I never quite thought these two worlds would collide in the way that they have. I think it’s going to be pretty interesting going forward.”

Lopez expressed his appreciation to NBA and Disney officials for ensuring the so-called bubble is safe for competition, and relished the opportunity to be practicing with his close-knit teammates again. At all his NBA stops, including with the Bulls, Lopez has cemented his status in the locker room as a favorite teammate of many.

“I’m just enjoying myself,” Lopez said. “It’s nice to be back on the floor.”

Lopez couldn’t estimate how many visits he has paid to the property, though he did reveal he has stayed at the resort where the Bucks are located before. Calling himself “sartorially challenged,” Lopez said he has a nice collection of Disney-related T-shirts with images and slogans that he plans to wear to and from practices and games.

 

Lopez has also engaged in a long-running, tongue-in-cheek feud with NBA mascots over his 12-year career. Along those lines, he jokingly tweeted in late April that NBA mascots not being allowed in the bubble would be fine because — well, duh — Disney characters would be present.

Asked how his progress in securing these alternative mascots for games was going, Lopez took the bait.

“I don’t want to use the word alternatives. That takes a group of characters, a cadre of characters, that are the cream-of-the-crop at what they do. And that sullies their names by suggesting they’re merely playing in the same ballpark as NBA mascots,” Lopez said, the sarcasm dripping. “There’s a pyramid to this, you know with the NBA mascots, MLB mascots, NFL mascots are all the way down (low). 

“It would be a blessing to have the Disney characters around our game, around our sporting events. Whatever the children do these days, please tag the mascots in that statement.”

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