Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan didn’t love the idea of retiring at his peak. In fact, he still thinks the team had another round of dancing left in them.
At the end of the series, Jordan is asked about his retirement in 1998 and whether he liked retiring when he was still at his peak.
“It’s maddening. I felt like we could’ve won seven (titles),” Jordan said during the episode. “I really believe that. We may not have. But not to be able to try it, it’s something I can’t accept.”
Of course, the franchise’s decision to end the Bulls’ run comes down to behind-the-scenes negotiations between the front office, the players and staff. The Bulls had made it clear before the season began that this would be the last run for coach Phil Jackson and his squad.
In the episode, Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf said there were too many decisions to make with stars like Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Steve Kerr and Ron Harper. It would have been hard to re-sign them since they would likely receive contract offers from other teams.
Jordan felt differently.
“Do you think they would’ve signed? Yes, they would’ve signed,” Jordan said on “The Last Dance” Sunday night. “Would I have signed for one year? Yes, I would’ve signed for one year. I had been signing one-year contracts up to that. Would Phil have done it? Yes. Now Pip, you would have to do some convincing. But if Phil was going to be there, if Dennis was going to be there, if MJ was going to be there. To win our seventh? Pip was not going to miss on that.”