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Michael Jordan's hilarious story about handling foot injury with the Bulls

Michael Jordan's hilarious story about handling foot injury with the Bulls

"If you had a terrible headache, and I gave you a bottle of pills, and nine of the pills would cure you, and one of the pills would kill you, would you take a pill?"

"And I look at him, and I said, 'Depends on how [expletive] bad the headache is.'"

That interaction between Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Michael Jordan — had at an ambiguous time during the '90s dynasty when Jordan was weighing whether or not to play through a foot injury — is just one of (hopefully) many snapshots of the homicidally competitive Jordan we will all get a fresh look at when ESPN's "The Last Dance" debuts on April 19.

A clip of Jordan and Reinsdorf recounting the exchange was played on "Good Morning America" Thursday morning during an interview between Jordan and Robin Roberts. Context: At the time, the team was deciding whether or not to let Jordan play through the ailment, and doctors pinned a 10 percent chance of a career-injury occurring if he did.

Those odds were good enough for Michael.

"My parents," Jordan told Roberts when asked where that type of drive originated. "My father worked at General Electric for years trying to provide for his family, moved all over southern North Carolina. My mom worked for a bank... They were hardworking people. And they instilled that in not just me but my brothers and sisters, so I just lived vicariously through them, and lived and learned it from them, and it just became a part of my nature."

There inlies the dichotomy of "The Last Dance." The bulk of the docuseries' footage is said to come from tapes collected from the 1997-98 season when NBA Entertainment was allowed behind the curtain of the Bulls' final title run of the dynasty.

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From that, we can certainly expect the legendarily competitive side of Jordan to shine through. But "The Last Dance" also promises to tell Jordan's honest, comprehensive story in all its glory and warts; the transition from "Mike" Jordan, to Michael Jordan, to the greatest of all time — a global icon without comparison.

The context of the dynasty's inevitable splintering is sure to add tension to all of the above.

"It was a trying year. We all were trying to enjoy that year knowing that it was coming to an end," Jordan told Roberts. "Phil started off the year by saying this was the last dance, and we played it that way. Mentally, it tugged at you throughout the course of the year that this had to come to an end, but it also centered our focus to making sure we end it right.

"As sad as it sounded at the beginning of the year, we tried to rejoice and enjoy the year and finish it off the right way."

They certainly did. That should shine through, as well.

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: NBA, NHL seem close to return, MLB lurks in distance

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: NBA, NHL seem close to return, MLB lurks in distance

Laurence Holmes, David Haugh and Jay Cohen join Kap on a Memorial Day edition of SportsTalk Live.

0:00 - It looks like we’re getting closer to the return of team sports. The NBA is in talks to resume its season at Disney World, while the NHLPA approved a 24-team playoff format.

5:00 - MLB and the players continue to negotiate their restart plan.

13:00 - Sam Smith tells a San Francisco radio station the Michael Jordan lied in “The Last Dance” when he said he would have considered returning.

20:00 - The guys share their favorite non-title clinching moments in Chicago sports history.

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Top 'Last Dance' moments to get you through first Sunday without Michael Jordan

Top 'Last Dance' moments to get you through first Sunday without Michael Jordan

So you’re sitting around Sunday night, missing “The Last Dance.” We get it, we wish it was still on too.

To help us all get through this first week without it, we’ve compiled some of our favorite “Last Dance” stories so that we can remember the good times together.

Whether it’s your first time seeing some of these, or just a fun look back, we hope you enjoy.

Recounting the best quotes from “The Last Dance”

We’ve got Jordan, we’ve got Kobe Bryant, we’ve got Dennis Rodman-- and yes we’ve even got some Carmen Electra for you.

Michael Jordan jamming to different songs takes over Twitter

If there was one thing more fun than simply watching “The Last Dance,” it was talking with your friends and family about “The Last Dance.” Some of the after-show interviews with athletes, coaches and pundits added incredible insight. And sometimes a memelord would create something so fun that you couldn’t help but watch and laugh. This is one of those latter moments.

Rod Thorn: Michael Jordan didn’t ask for Isiah Thomas to be left off Dream Team

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Did Utah pizza give Michael Jordan food poisoning and was it intentional?

The “flu game” is one of the most iconic performances in Michael Jordan’s career, but now we’ve learned it wasn’t the “flu game” at all! Certainly one of the most intriguing new wrinkles out of all the details we learned across the series.

Scottie Pippen on Jerry Krause: ‘The greatest general manager in the game’

The beef between Pippen and Krause was well documented, especially early in the series. But by the end even Pippen had to give it up for Krause.

Why Scott Burrell appreciated Michael Jordan's harsh leadership style

Arguably the most emotional moment we saw during Jordan’s interviews was when he described his leadership style with his teammates. It’s clear Jordan pushed the Bulls very hard, and it’s easy to see how it could rub some people the wrong way. But not Scott Burrell.

How Bulls helped Scottie Pippen earn millions more on way out of Chicago

After one early episode of “The Last Dance,” many people on social media were incredulous that Pippen’s long-term contract was never renegotiated considering his important contributions to the team. However our K.C. Johnson set the record straight for how the Bulls made things right with Pippen when he was on his way out of town.

Why running it back would not have yielded the Bulls a seventh title in 1998-99

To finish this post off, we’re going back to K.C. Johnson who tells us why the 1998 title would’ve been the last for the Bulls dynasty, no matter if Jordan, Jackson and co. returned, or not.

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