For his money, the list goes Jordan, then Bryant,

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The Chicago native and diehard Bulls fan decked out in his vintage Michael Jordan No. 23 Bulls jersey along with all three sons in their required Bulls jerseys, too made Sunday night airing of the first two episodes of Last Dance, the 10 part ESPN documentary on the 1997 98 Chicago Bulls season, a must see viewing event for his entire familythey don have a choice, said Mason, who was a junior basketball star at Chicago Morgan Park High School during the 1997 98 season when the Bulls won their sixth, and final, NBA championshipwasn like a vote or any kind of conversation about this. I told them that they had to like the Bulls. I don have a say in anything, except for that. it wasn just Sunday. Mason has been talking for weeks about the release of the documentary, which set ratings records for the sports network on Sunday night. And each week for the next month will likely be the same. Two episodes a week will air each Sunday until the documentary completiongot tired of me talking about it, but they got to learn the history of the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan, where I from and all that kind of stuff, Mason said during a podcast interview this week with the JournalOf course Mason isn alone. And neither are college hoops fans from around the Land of Enchantment tuning in with the hopes of brief glimpses of former Lobo Luc Longley and former Aggie Randy Brown, both on that teamYes, arguably the greatest NBA team of all time had a Lobo and an Aggie on the rosterAside from the genuine interest from Bulls fans and haters alike in seeing behind the scenes footage that followed for an entire season one of the greatest NBA dynasties in history, the sports world seems desperate for any new content in a coronavirus world that has left so many without sports to watchESPN public relations arm on Monday released ratings that indicated the documentary 6.1 million viewers for episodes 1 and 2 across ESPN and ESPN 2 during their initial release on Sunday night. (The ESPN version was rated TV MA with strong language and a toned down, TV 14 version was also available on ESPN2)Mason wore No. 23 whenever he could as a player because of Jordan. When asked his response to a 5 star player who might say LeBron James is the greatest of all time, the UNM recruiting coordinator joked he would fire back with a call you right back, and hang upMason already has had plenty of the greatest ever debates through the years with young basketball players who argue it James or Kobe Bryant. For his money, the list goes Jordan, then Bryant, then JamesAs for the parts of the documentary that may cast his boyhood idol in some unfavorable light, as Jordan himself has said in interviews in advance of the documentary release, Mason isn worriedknows Kobe wanted to be like Mike, basically, right? But everybody got to see his attitude a little different because social media came out there was more publication about Kobe and his attitude, Mason said. All you going to see (in the documentary) is that the similarities between the two in practices and the things he said and probably the fights he had with the players. And just that the sheer wanting to win out of Mike is probably going to come out and probably just a little more attitude and stuffat the end of the day, man, it a high level. He was the greatest. He he did what he had to do win and be great. AND AGGIES: While neither Longley nor Brown was interviewed in the first installments of the documentary, Mason says he wishes there would be scenes featuring the twoI guaranteed probably won make the documentary is the arguments between those two on the bus like just talking about the Lobo Aggie matchups and who was better and who this and who that, Mason said. what we want to hear, you know? THE PLAYGROUND: Sunday second episode of the documentary featured the role of Scottie Pippen in the Bulls dynastySo, on the playgrounds in Chicago, who was Mason emulating growing up?

was more of a Michael Jordan guy. I wore all my Jordans all the time, said Mason, who also showed the Journal his more than 50 pairs of Air Jordans in his closet during the interview.

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