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Michael Jordan’s daughter says she would Google her dad to figure out why he was important

Michael Jordan’s daughter has been reaching out to him more as ‘The Last Dance’ airs

VANCOUVER, BC - JANUARY 27: Scottie Pippen #33 and Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls sit on the bench during the game against the Vancouver Grizzlies at General Motors Place on January 27, 1998 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Scottie Pippen, left, and Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls sit on the bench during an NBA game against the Vancouver Grizzlies at General Motors Place on Jan. 27, 1998 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Michael Jordan’s daughter, Jasmine Jordan, never understood why her dad was so important or famous. So she would Google him to find out the story.

Jasmine Jordan recently told The Associated Press she’s been reaching out to her dad as ESPN airs “The Last Dance,” a documentary series about Jordan and his time with the Chicago Bulls.

Jasmine Jordan has acted like a fan more than a family member, she said.

“I’m harassing him. He’s probably tired of me texting him,” she said. “I think my brothers and I are doing it, probably alongside all his friends. But for me, it’s like, hey, as I said, I was super young so I’m really taking this in as a fan. And I’m also trying to corroborate all those stories you were telling me all those years. Trying to make sure you weren’t just fabricating and making it bigger than what it was. I’m definitely texting him nonstop. I think there hasn’t been an episode, a Sunday where I haven’t been like, ‘This happened — let me know your thoughts.’”

Janice Jordan said she used to Google her father because she didn’t understand why people thought he was so important.

“I was like why is everyone so intrigued by you, you’re just dad, you’re not that cool. But lo and behold, he was kind of a big deal. So it’s definitely something that’s been eye-opening,” she said.

Michael Jordan’s competitiveness was a focus of the most recent episodes of “The Last Dance.” In fact, the seventh episode ended with Jordan talking about what competitiveness meant to him. He teared up during that portion of the interview and asked for a break.

Janice Jordan said her dad will be competitive at home, too. Jordan’s children — Jasmine, Marcus and Jeffrey Jordan — recently revealed in an interview with “The Breakfast Club” that their father would tackle them while playing football, a sign of his competitive streak, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

Of course, Jordan won’t punch his daughter like he punched Steve Kerr. But he will push her to do better.

“I mean, he’ll do that to me just so I can get an A out of a test or two,” Jasmine told The Associated Press. “And I’m just trying to pass school, I’m not even winning championships,” she said. “So that is definitely totally him.”