Michael Jordan regrets omitting Bulls teammate Luc Longley from 'Last Dance' documentary

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Michael Jordan told Australian Story that he regretted omitting former teammate Luc Longley from "The Last Dance" documentary.

Longley was a pivotal member of the Chicago Bulls' second three-peat of championships as the starting center on the Jordan-led team. But the Australian 7-footer wasn't interviewed for the documentary, nor was he a heavy focus.

“I can understand why Australia would say, ‘Well, why wouldn’t we include Luc?’ And we probably should have," Jordan said. "And if I look back and could change anything, that’s probably what I would have changed."

Longley admitted he was let down by not being showcased alongside one of the greatest teams of all time.

Luc Longley was not interviewed for "The Last Dance."
Luc Longley was not interviewed for "The Last Dance."

"Sitting there on the couch and watching episode after episode where I wasn’t in it — yeah, I was bummed about that,” Longley said. "Why was I not in the doco? I don’t really know, to be honest."

The documentary, directed by Jason Hehir, spotlighted mainly Jordan but also had episodes dedicated to Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Toni Kukoc.

"The self-deprecating Australian in me thinks it’s because I’m not that exciting. I was playing a huge role, but it wasn’t one that was that sexy," Longley said. “There were so many beautiful, bright, shiny stars out there to focus on, that, you know, it makes sense to me that that story wasn’t about me. Makes perfect sense.”

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, more of a role player on the Bulls, was spotlighted in one episode.

“I know it hurt him,” Kerr said of Longley's omission. “I watched it with my kids and I thought about Luc’s omission from it and how much he lost from that, and I feel bad for Luc.”

Hehir said last year that Longley’s omission was because of the timing, and that it was too expensive to send a crew from the U.S. to interview him in western Australia.

“I didn’t expect to be a heavy feature in it because they hadn’t interviewed me, but I did expect to be in it more than I was,” Longley said. “I would like to have been in the doco so that Australian kids saw that there was an Australian in that team doing that thing.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Michael Jordan regrets Luc Longley's omission from 'Last Dance'