Rarely has a sports documentary been as eagerly awaited as The Last Dance. Throughout its first six episodes, ESPN's 10-part series chronicling Michael Jordan's final season with the Chicago Bulls has lived up to the hype, lifting the lid on what being Jordan was really like and revealing behind-the-scenes stories that may had never seen light of day had it not been for the documentary.
For a man who's spent the best part of his retirement as far away from the public eye as possible, throughout the first six episodes Jordan has come across as remarkably open and direct, answering almost every question posed to him by director Jason Hehir.
Not everyone, however, appears to be pleased with the no-holds-barred, tell-all approach adopted by the six-time NBA champion. Former Bulls guard Craig Hodges, who played alongside Jordan for the Bulls between 1988 and 1992, criticized his former teammate for disclosing stories that he felt were meant to remain within the confines of the locker room.
"One of the things as players we call this a fraternity," Hodges said on Tuesday during an appearance on The Odd Couple show with Chris Broussard and Rob Parker of Fox Sports Radio.
"So I'm watching the first episode and I was upset about the 'cocaine circus.' That bothered me because I was thinking about the brothers who are on that picture with you who have to explain to their families who are getting ready to watch this great Michael Jordan documentary event and they know you're on the team, and now you've got to explain that to a 12-year-old boy."
The "cocaine circus" line references a comment Jordan made in the first episode of the documentary, when he openly spoke of off-court habits that were common in the mid-1980s NBA.
The Bulls were unsuccessful on the court and like to party off it, as Jordan found out to his astonishment when he shared the hotel with his teammates at one stage of his rookie season.
"It was things I had never seen in my life as a young kid," he said chuckling at the recollection of the incident. "You got your lines over here, you got your weed smokers over here, you got your women over here.
"The first thing I said is, I'm out. Because all I can think about is if they come raid this place right now, I am just as guilty as everyone else in this room. From that point on, I was more or less on my own."
It is worth noting, however, that Hodges was still four years removed from joining the Bulls when the incident Jordan recalled occured.
Meanwhile, the two most recent episodes that aired on Sunday night delved into The Jordan Rules. Written by Sam Smith, who then covered the Bulls for the Chicago Tribune, the book revealed what life in Chicago's locker room was really like, including how Jordan's ferocious desire to win and relentless drive made him unpopular with some of his teammates.
Episode 5 touched on the Bulls' quest to identify the player responsible for leaking information to the media. Jordan swiftly dismissed the suggestion he was responsible for speaking to the press and singles out former teammate Horace Grant as the mole inside the locker room.
While former Bulls center Will Perdue agreed with Jordan, Grant refuted the suggestion and Hodges criticized Jordan's stance.
"Last night with Horace, that hurt me. I'm letting MJ know that that ain't right, dude," he added.
"Horace did not deserve to take the fall for The Jordan Rules. If MJ knows something else and knows Horace's motive, then tell us how Horace did it for my sake, because I'm your teammate brother, just like they are, and I'm kind of salty how everybody got interviewed but me."