Michael Jordan’s honesty in ‘The Last Dance’ called into question by author Sam Smith

His Airness might actually be His Unfairness.

ESPN’s “The Last Dance” wrapped up on Sunday, and the 10-part series did a great job at painting Michael Jordan in a mythological light — but apparently a less-than-good job at telling the truth, according to “The Jordan Rules” author and “The Last Dance” commentator Sam Smith.

Smith, who was given airtime at various points during the series, called Jordan’s claim that the Bulls would have reunited for one more season following their 1997-98 championship run “a complete and blatant lie.”

“There were several things in the documentary that I saw, I would know, that (Jordan) made up or he lied about,” Smith said in an interview with Bonta, Steiny and Guru of 95.7 The Game. “They weren’t major things, but it was like when a TV movie comes on and they say, ‘This is based on a true story.’ That’s what that was. It was based on a true story.”

Smith said the idea that players might reunite for one more season was hogwash, in so many words, and that the producers “had the outlines” of the events but the details were a bit murky. 

He also said the infamous Pizza Game/Flu Game/Food Poisoning Game story — in which Jordan and his trainer alluded to a late-night snack potentially being poisoned — was “complete nonsense,” adding that Jordan was certainly sick but it wasn’t from the pizza (or a hangover).

The series wasn’t without its flaws, and as Smith notes in the interview, the docuseries was a “Michael Jordan hagiography” more than it was a revelatory or investigative documentary surrounding the Jordan-era Bulls. Since its conclusion, Smith, Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant and Pizza Hut employees have all either called into question Jordan’s veracity or the portrayals of one another during the doc.

While the legend of Jordan certainly grew throughout “The Last Dance,” maybe we are now further from the truth than we wanted to be.

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Man Utd work on deal for Bayern Munich ace, Chelsea enquiry for Arsenal target, Liverpool

Sunday, May 17

Manchester United are looking to the Bundesliga as they hunt potentialy replacements for Paul Pogba, who continues to be linked with a departure from Old Trafford

Chelsea could be set to battle Arsenal for a Barcelona squad member after launching an enquiry

Liverpool are looking to South America as they keep tabs on Barcelona’s hunt for a Sao Paulo rising star


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Liverpool are looking to beat Barcelona to the signing of Sao Paulo wonderkid Gustavo Maia, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

The Nou Camp outfit have a first-option refusal on the 19-year-old attacker but have yet to make a move.

That expires in mid-July so Liverpool are hoping to take advantage of their dithering with a €4million (£3.6m) offer.


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Chelsea enquiry for Arsenal target

Chelsea have enquired about Arsenal target Neto, Express Sport understands.

The Gunners are also eyeing a move for the Barcelona goalkeeper, who has been told that he is surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp – but they could find themselves priced out of the market.

Interest from a string of rival clubs including AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Real Betis and Sevilla is likely to push the price higher than Arsenal would be willing to pay.

Chelsea could pull out if given the green light to sign Ajax’s Andre Onana, with Frank Lampard on the hunt for a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Man Utd attempting to sign Bayern Munich ace

Express Sport understands Manchester United are working on a deal for Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso who fancies a move to the Premier League.

The 25-year-old has spent three seasons at the Allianz Arena since coming through Lyon’s academy and enjoying a four-year spell in the Ligue 1 club’s first team.

He was a member of France’s World Cup-winning squad in 2018 and cost the Bundesliga giants £37million three years ago.

Tolisso has grown unsettled in Germany this season and wants to leave, having made just 13 Bundesliga appearances this season.

Bayern are ready to sell as they look to fund transfers, with Manchester City’s Leroy Sane on their wishlist.

But Tolisso underwent an operation to repair ankle ligaments last month, and United will want him to prove his fitness before pressing ahead with a move.

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Timo Werner wants Liverpool transfer for four reasons after talks with Jurgen Klopp

Timo Werner has made a decision on his future after personally holding talks with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. The RB Leipzig hotshot either wants a switch to Anfield in the summer transfer window or will wait another 12 months before moving on. Chelsea, Manchester United and Barcelona are also interested.


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Werner is one of the hottest properties on the transfer market after a brilliant campaign. He has provided 27 goals and 12 assists in 36 appearances for Leipzig, who have become one of the Bundesliga’s great entertainers under the guidance of Julian Nagelsmann.

The 24-year-old has publicly flirted with a move to Liverpool after describing Klopp as “the best coach in the world”.

The Liverpool boss stepped up his interest before professional football was ground to a halt by the coronavirus crisis by holding talks with Werner. Klopp got in touch with his compatriot two weeks before the Champions League second leg against Atletico Madrid, according to The Athletic.

Manchester United and Barcelona also reportedly opened dialogue with Werner while Chelsea got in touch with the player’s representatives.

But the Germany international is hell bent on a move to Anfield for four reasons.


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The Athletic claim Werner wants to join Liverpool because of the coach, team-mates, playing style and environment on offer.

Klopp has transformed the Reds into the Club World Cup champions – and Werner believes they are the best fit for the next step in his career.

Red Bull bigwig Ralf Rangnick believes Werner would be a good fit for Liverpool.

“The league is less important, but the club, from a purely hypothetical point of view, I would better see him in good hands with a club that is not necessarily defined by ball possession football,” Rangnick told BILD.

“Since Timo has made progress under Julian Nagelsmann, his most important weapons, however, are the quick switching movement and his powerful finish.

“Therefore, he would rather fit a club like Liverpool, which is similar to our style of play, but I would prefer him to stay here.”

Werner has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich but he has already admitted he would like to move to a different country if he leaves Leipzig.

“Bayern are a great club, we don’t need to talk about it, and Hansi Flick has proven this season he is a really good head coach,” he told BILD.

“But if a move were to become an issue at some point, I would be more tempted by a move abroad than a move to Bayern.

“It’s just that the challenge of another league would appeal to me a little more than a move within the Bundesliga.

“Of course, it also important that mutual respect is there as much as possible. That’s why I chose RB Leipzig at the time, and why I would choose the club for [the] next step as one where I would get that feeling.”

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David Silva is 'willing to sign short-term deal to complete season'

David Silva is ‘willing to sign short-term deal to complete season with Manchester City’ even though veteran’s contract is set to expire on June 30

  • David Silva is willing to sign a short-term deal with City to finish the season
  • His contract expires on June 30 and he has been linked with a move to the MLS
  • Since joining City he has won four league titles, two FA Cups & four League Cups
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Manchester City legend David Silva is willing to sign a short-term deal to finish the current season that has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Silva’s contract with City is due to expire on June 30, and the Spaniard has been linked with a move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami club in America’s MLS.

According to the Mirror, Silva is likely to delay his exit from the Etihad Stadium until City complete their current campaign – which will see them battle it out in the Champions League and FA cup.

Club legend David Silva is willing to sign a short-term deal to finish the current season

Silva’s contract is due to expire on June 30 and he has been linked with a move to the MLS

The 33-year-old has been at the forefront of City’s rise to dominance since signing from Valencia for £26million in 2010, winning four league titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups.

A World Cup and two-time European Championship winner with Spain, Silva has been known for being vocal on the pitch.


Games: 424

Goals: 74

Assists: 137

Gabriel Jesus admits to quite literally being put in his place by Silva as he is often told off for drifting wide when playing in the middle.

‘Usually, when I start as a striker, I naturally tend to go for the flanks,’ said the Brazilian goal machine.

‘Sometimes I get scolded, but I keep doing that. At City, you need to stay more central because the midfielders create a lot, but I don’t always do that.

‘I don’t have a preference where I play, but most of my life I played as a winger or a second striker, never as a main striker.’

Following Vincent Kompany’s transition into management at Anderlecht, Silva’s departure will leave Sergio Aguero as the last remaining player from the side that won the Premier League title in 2012.

Man City had planned a tribute for the City hero in their final game of the Premier League campaign against Norwich, but there is no guarantee the match will take place amid the coronavirus crisis. 

Since joining City in 2010 Silva has won four league titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups

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Troy Deeney: Family’s health more important than Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’

Watford skipper Troy Deeney says he will put his family’s health before football and has raised concerns about the Premier League’s plans to restart the campaign disrupted by COVID-19.

The 31-year-old was part of a conference call this week with the Professional Footballers Association, Premier League chiefs and the government on safety measures surrounding Project Restart, which envisages a return to play in June.

Those plans were given a boost on Thursday when Britain’s Culture and Sport secretary Oliver Dowden said the government was “opening the door” for football to return next month but Deeney said he was against a quick restart.

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“I’m not even talking about football at the moment — I’m talking about my family’s health. If I feel that I’m not looking after my family, then I’m not going to do it. I’m not going to put my family at risk,” Deeney said on Instagram.

“What are they going to do, take money off me? I’ve been broke before so it doesn’t bother me.

“They’re talking about not playing in front of fans until 2021. So if it’s not safe enough for fans to be inside a stadium why should it be safe for players to be in there?”

More than 33,000 people have died in the United Kingdom due to the virus. Reuters

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Jerick McKinnon to test knee in Peterson workouts

When John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan took over the 49ers, one of their biggest offseason goals was to bring in a multi-talented running back fit for today’s game.

They did so in signing Jerick McKinnon to a four-year deal in 2018. There’s one problem, though: McKinnon has yet to play a regular-season down for San Francisco. An ACL injury and struggles with regaining comfort on the injured knee have kept the running back out of action for the last two seasons.

The former understudy to Adrian Peterson in Minnesota is turning to his old friend for a true test of where McKinnon stands at this point on his road to returning to football. He’s heading to Houston to put himself through Peterson’s legendary, marathon-like workouts.

"I feel like it’s my last test to really see how it feels," McKinnon said, via The Athletic’s Matt Barrows. "There’s a lot of hard work going on down there. That’s really where I’m going to amp it up as hard as I can and see where it goes."

Peterson’s workouts are a significant source of his power, speed and longevity, with the latter prevailing most in recent years. It also set a standard for McKinnon, one he feels he must revisit now in order to fully grasp how prepared he is to return to football action.

"There were a lot of things back then that were tough," he said of his struggles with rehabilitation and a failed attempt to return to action in 2019. "I feel now that I’m getting back to where I was effortlessly."

McKinnon’s absence has opened the door for other backs to shine. Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. have all seen significant playing time in the last two seasons because the 49ers have had to find a way to replace what they lost with McKinnon’s injury. Tevin Coleman would be the ideal complement to McKinnon (or vice versa) in a 2020 San Francisco backfield, which has been fine without McKinnon but could be even better with him.

The reason: McKinnon’s lateral quickness and ability to change direction make him a very difficult target to cover in open space. Add that to an offense that’s already masterful at times with Shanahan at the helm, and the reigning NFC champs only get stronger.

First, McKinnon will have to figure out how strong he is — and he’s going to get quite a test with the strong man nicknamed "All Day."

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Harry Kane urged to follow Francesco Totti example with Tottenham future amid Man Utd talk

Harry Kane has been urged to follow the example set by Francesco Totti when deciding on whether to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer. ESPN pundit Gab Marcotti argued that one Premier League title with Spurs would be worth ten times more than one with Manchester United.

Kane continues to be linked with a move away from Tottenham this summer.

The striker didn’t help himself last month when he admitted he could be tempted to leave, but since then the rumour mill has gone into overdrive.

He has been linked with the likes of United, Juventus and Real Madrid.

Kane is desperate to win his first professional trophy, and was believed to be open to a move to Old Trafford.

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However, their interest reportedly cooled after Spurs demanded £200million for their talisman.

And Kane has been urged to stay put at Tottenham and try to win a title there, as Marcotti insisted glory in north London would mean more to him than anywhere else.

Speaking after Dimitar Berbatov urged the England captain to join United, ESPN’s Julien Laurens claimed Kane would be better off playing elsewhere if he wants to grow as a player – not necessarily at United.

He said: “We’ve said it many times, as much as Harry Kane loves Spurs and he’s one of their own, blah blah blah, at some point he wants to grow as a player.

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“If he wants to do that at Spurs, he’ll grow quicker and win more things he has to leave the club.

“Is United the answer? That’s not for me to decide.

“Clearly Berbatov thinks that’s the right idea, I think it’s certainly a good idea if he has the chance to move to a bigger club, then he should.”

Marcotti disagreed, however, and urged Kane to look at the example set by Totti.


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The Italian legend played his entire career at Roma, despite having interest from elsewhere on multiple occasions.

He ended up only winning Serie A once, but Marcotti believes that title would mean more to the striker than another would have at another club.

He said: “No, he shouldn’t [leave Spurs]. He should stay where he is if he loves the club.

“I go back to the Totti thing, one title at Roma or at Tottenham Hotspur is worth ten titles at Manchester United.”

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Tyson Fury sent Deontay Wilder trilogy rematch warning by former opponent Otto Wallin

Tyson Fury’s former opponent Otto Wallin has warned the Gypsy King that Deontay Wilder could still knock him out at any moment in their eventual world title trilogy rematch. Fury stopped Wilder to win the WBC belt in February.

Wilder, however, was quick to sanction his contractual rematch with Fury, who battered the American across seven rounds in Las Vegas.

The Bronze Bomber’s corner threw in the towel to save Wilder from taking more punishment from Fury, who many expected to skip around his opponent and box like he did in the first fight.

But Fury put Wilder on the back foot from the opening bell and asserted his dominance, taking Wilder’s right hand away in the process.

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That right hand, however, has knocked out 40 other opponents, and Wallin says it could land on Fury too.

“[Wilder’s] always going to be dangerous because he has that big punch,” Wallin said.

“So he can knock anybody out. And he can knock Fury out as well.”


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But Wallin, who fought brilliantly against Fury, opening a 47-stitch cut above his eye, back in September, thinks the third attempt for Wilder will be as hard as the first two.

“I think it’s going to be very difficult for Wilder,” he said.

“He’s 34 years old. And I think he lacks some fundamentals.

“And that’s not easy to pick up at that age.


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“Fury is going to be a big favourite to me.

“I think that he’s discovering some new sides of himself now with his new trainer.

“That seemed to be a good move for him, especially against Wilder.

“I think that Fury is going to be a big favourite to win that fight.”

Fury and Wilder were supposed to fight in July but the bout was pushed back to the end of the year because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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This stat shows how terrible the Jaguars have been at drafting in the first round

The Jaguars reportedly declined running back Leonard Fournette’s fifth-year option on Friday, continuing a miserable trend of missteps regarding the franchise’s first-round selections.

Jacksonville hasn’t exercised the fifth-year option for any of its first-round picks dating back to the 2011 NFL Draft, which was the first to include the option per the 2011 NFL collective bargaining agreement. That includes seven straight top-10 picks, and six in the top five.

Those picks are comprised of two quarterbacks, a receiver, offensive tackle, defensive end, cornerback and running back. Here’s what that looks like, per analyst Warren Sharp:

So, yeah. Not great.

It’s worth noting that Ramsey’s talent was worth such a high pick; but injury issues in 2019 raised questions of his long-term future with the team, leading to a heated confrontation with coach Doug Marrone in Week 2. He was “overjoyed” to be traded from the team.

Regarding Fournette: The Jaguars are considering him a potential trade option despite him compiling 2,631 rushing yards and 1,009 receiving yards in three seasons — including an injury-shortened sophomore campaign. Otherwise, Fournette has two 1,000-yard rushing seasons, the latest of which saw him average 4.3 yards per carry and total 1,674 yards from scrimmage. Jacksonville signed running back Chris Thompson to a one-year deal on Friday as well.

Regardless of the Jaguars’ plan for Fournette — whether they let him finish his contract with the team or trade him away — it just shows how poorly the team has managed not only the NFL Draft, but also its players. The Jags seem to have broken that trend with the selection of Pro Bowl linebacker Josh Allen in 2019, but there’s still another player up — defensive tackle Taven Bryan — to determine if the team’s unenviable streak continues another year.

Considering how badly current Jags players want out of Jacksonville, that streak might continue another season before Allen can finally end it.

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F1 boss Brawn outlines plans to resume in isolated environment

F1 boss Ross Brawn reveals season could resume in an isolated environment, starting with a double-header at Austria’s Red Bull Ring in early July

  • Ross Brawn has outlined plans for F1 to resume in an isolated environment
  • He suggested it could begin with a double-header at Austria’s Red Bull Ring
  • Brawn said characteristics of track meant it could host back-to-back races
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Formula One managing director Ross Brawn has outlined plans for the sport to resume in an isolated environment and suggested it could begin with a double-header at Austria’s Red Bull Ring in early July.

Following Friday’s announcement that the Hungarian Grand Prix will take place behind closed doors if it goes ahead at the start of August, Brawn said the sport is drawing up detailed plans to ensure races can be staged safely amid the coronavirus pandemic.

‘It’s a massive logistical challenge,’ Brawn said on the official F1 Nation podcast. ‘Running an F1 race is a big challenge anyway. Running an F1 race in these circumstances is new to all of us.

F1 boss Ross Brawn has outlined plans for the sport to resume in an isolated environment

‘We’re working our way through all the requirements to make sure we operate in a safe environment for everyone involved in the race.’

Earlier this week, F1’s chief executive Chase Carey outlined plans to start the season with the Austrian Grand Prix on July 5 and Brawn said the characteristics of Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring – located in central Austria two hours south west of Vienna – meant it could host back-to-back races.

‘It’s a real consideration because one of the logistical challenges is getting everyone tested and cleared to enter the paddock and enter the racing environment,’ he said.

‘And I think once we do that, it’s very attractive to keep everyone in that environment, within that kind of biosphere that we want to create for another race.

‘It’s also pretty challenging to find the right sort of races early on where we can control the environment well enough.

‘Austria fits that bill very well. It’s got a local airport right next to the circuit, where people can charter planes into. It’s not too close to a metropolis, it has a great infrastructure around it.

He suggested it could begin with a double-header at Austria’s Red Bull Ring in early July

‘There will be no motorhomes, but there will be a full catering facility laid on that the circuit has. So we can basically contain everyone within that environment. Therefore once we’re there, it’s appealing to have another race the following week.’

At a time when a number of Formula One teams have furloughed staff, Brawn argued it was important for the season to get going because of the number of jobs it sustained.

‘[There are] many reasons for wanting to start the season,’ he said.

‘One is obviously to excite the fans, who have all been frustrated by the delays. We’ve got a very exciting season in front of us. But it’s a very important livelihood for thousands of people, it’s another reason for trying to kick-start the season…

‘I’m sure (the drivers) miss it and they will support these moves we’re making with the understanding it is done properly, there will be no risk taken and it will all be done in the correct way.’ 

The Hungarian Grand Prix must be held behind closed doors if it takes place at all this summer

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