Since the broadcast of “The Last Dance”, and because the NBA is at a standstill, many of the speakers in the documentary are invited to speak again on the Bulls mythology, from different angles.
For example, Will Perdue, the linchpin at Chicago’s first threepeat sacrificed to pick up Dennis Rodman in San Antonio, had the opportunity to make an interesting comparison between Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich.
“Phil saw in us ways to achieve a certain end” he analyzes for the Chicago Sun Times. “He took it to heart to get the best out of me, Horace, Scottie, Michael, Steve, everyone, that was his approach. It motivates you, you play well that way. He did a good job of identifying everyone’s motivations and waking them up. “ At the expense of personal feelings.
“I’m not saying that Phil is a bastard, but I don’t know if he thought of my interest. He took the interest of the team to heart, there is nothing to say about it. Whereas Pop, every time you spoke to him, you saw that he had both at heart ”
“Pop was no longer a father figure” he counterbalances. “He was on your back, but he was not afraid to have an honest conversation with you. He made sure he had a personal relationship with each guy. He chained meals with the players. He said to you, you and you, we’re going to Houston, I invite you to dinner, cancel what you had planned. There is only one rule: we talk about everything except basketball. “
“I’m not saying that Phil is a bastard, but I don’t know if he thought of my interest. He took the interest of the team to heart, there is nothing to say about it. Whereas Pop, every time you spoke to him, you saw that he had both at heart. He made us feel important in the equation. Both are great coaches, but different. It was win-win for me. “
“I had my problems with Phil. We were not always on the same wavelength. And I was able to play for Pop, who had Dave Cowens as assistant, with whom I developed a great friendship. It was win-win, even though I missed two or three more titles. “ But he added a fourth with the Spurs in 1999.