Bo Hamburger
Two months ago

Luc Longley on Australian Story

This looks really interesting: two-parter Australian Story on Lucy Longley, coming Monday (2 August). They got Jordan, Pippen, Kerr and Jackson all on camera for it, which is pretty amazing, plus Ben Elton (!) to introduce it.

https://www.abc.net.au/austory/luc-longley:-one-giant-leap/13470514

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Bo Hamburger  
Two months ago

(Lucy Longley LOL)

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Bens his brother in law, they both live in Fremantle

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Longley lives in Albany. He has a self sufficient property.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Wow big! Probably one of the biggest Australian Story episode.

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Lovebroker  
Two months ago

Ben Elton lives in Fremantle?

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Perthworld  
Two months ago

Their wives are sisters.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

This will be great. Luc has always had a fascinating view on things. Being who he is, he's seen some stuff!

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Diop Kick  
Two months ago

Truly excited to see this, good to see him get some credit for his play. Not just being a lucky passenger on the best team ever

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loungefly  
Two months ago

Bens lived here for at least 15 years. Luc must have moved from Freo after his house burnt down a few years ago.

Saw Bens stand up show couple months ago. fantastic!

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Zodiac  
Two months ago

Ben Elton had a nice cameo in the BBC comedy show The Young Ones, I loved that show growing up.

I've always appreciated Longley's views on things a straight shooter without veering off into dickhead territory like Bogut. I remember Anstey saying when they were both in the NBA together Longley was very generous on the road too.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Ben Elton had slightly more involvement than a cameo. He wrote it!

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Zodiac  
Two months ago

I know he was involved in the writing but I was talking on screen, it's a scene I still love to this day.

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KUpwey  
Two months ago

Ben Elton wrote the Young Ones.

Really looking forward to this. Not sure what happened to that Crowd-funded Doco "Imported" that didn't make enough cash either - about $25k of $35k they were after. Longley had some interviews that that too I think.

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Luuuc  
Last month

Bumping this thread as a reminder

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ME  
Last month

I am surprised they got Jordan onto the show. As far as I was aware, Longley wasn't shown on The Last Dance because of some sort of beef with Jordan. But Jordan is now in this interview and from the clips, seems to hold no ill will.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Jordan won championships with and without Longley.
Longley never won anything without Jordan.
So take what he says with a grain of salt.

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ME  
Last month

Lol Huh?!?

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Luuuc  
Last month

Don't worry, ME. Anonymous never won anything without Jordan, so take what they post with a grain of salt.

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ME  
Last month

Clearly the validity of opinions is rated on how many championships you've won without Jordan... lol.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Didn't Kerr say something that the producers of the last dance didn’t want to go to rural Western Australia (where Longley lives or at least did at the time of filming) so that’s why he didn’t end up being in it. Plus I’m pretty sure by the time the first few episodes were out they were finishing up the last couple so they were on a tight schedule and combined with Covid there wasn’t really time, not to mention that no offence to Longley but he’s not exactly one of the key people you think of when it comes to Michael Jordan.

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ME  
Last month

He was the starting center on three of his championships - he was pretty key. And whether or not they interviewed him is a moot point. They literally ignored that he even existed.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Yeah and bill cartwright was the starting centre for the first three championships. The starting C could of been anyone and they would win.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Spoiler alert. Longley will took about being the zen to Jordan's competitiveness. But the reality is he was a passenger and not as important as he likes to think he is.

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ME  
Last month

Lol I love ignorant basketball takes like this. The starting center on the greatest team of all time had probably be able to play a little don't you think?

Luc Longley was an excellent role player for the team. Played good defense in an era stacked with dominant big men. Set hard screens, made excellent reads and passes. Chipped in with some points when he had to. Luc Longley wasn't a scrub.

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Perthworld  
Last month

So you're telling me there will be something actually watchable on the ABC?

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ME  
Last month

I don't think anyone wants to revise history and pretend Longley was as important as Jordan, Pippen, Rodman, or anyone on that level. But he was easily as important as a back up shooter like Kerr. Or as important as other role players who at least got passing mention. The omission of Longley was pretty glaring. They seem to even avoid footage of him playing where they can.

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Anonymous  
Last month

"So you're telling me there will be something actually watchable on the ABC?" Luddite

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Anonymous  
Last month

ME, they didn't ignore he existed you can see him multiple times in the background of shots he just wasn’t interviewed. Plus the story of it all basically became a puff piece about Jordan and those who were personally closer to him had more involvement in it. Not defending the decision made but that’s what they went with in the end and Longley has said that he wasn’t overly close or had much to do with Jordan. Henceforth why there were was more time dedicated to the likes of pippen, rodman, jackson etc.

Also while he did serve a good role on great teams, it’s not like he was one of a kind, the team just needed a big body who was tough, could defend and rebound, which in the 90’s there were many. Could they have interviewed him? Yes but from a creative decision very few people other than diehard Aussie basketball fans would’ve liked to seen him in it so it wasn’t like leaving him out was some grave mistake. Naturally people want to spend time on the more well known people in the nba circles.

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Anonymous  
Last month

For what it's worth, Bill Simmons has said the last dance was originally meant to be done like 15 years ago almost and he was approached about being involved. He said he saw the footage and loved it but they needed Jordan’s approval to release it which they didn’t till 2016. Upon seeing it, Simmons said that there was still hours of footage not included in the series so it’s very possible there was more longley it’s just his stuff was cut.

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Anonymous  
Last month

It's sad hearing that Longley took on an emotional burden throughout his career, and felt embarrassed about how it concluded. I’ve only ever seen him as a pioneer and champion of Australian basketball, I’m sure many others in the community feel the same.

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Luuuc  
Last month

My understanding was that it was mostly logistical reasons that kept Luc out of The Last Dance.
Given that all the other segments were footage interspersed with interviews, it wouldn't have fit in very well to have a segment on Luc without sitting down with him. So I never took it as anything sinister or snubby.
He played a solid role on that team but was by no means a must-include in the series, plus his individual story was not nearly as interesting or dramatic as most of the other guys. There's only so much to say about a low key team first guy who just plays his role with no fuss.

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Diop Kick  
Last month

I thought Luc wanted to avoid the last dance media hype as he doesn't enjoy it. I heard he changed phone numbers so he couldn’t get hassled for comment

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Anonymous  
Last month

Avoids media hype in order to do his own?

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Anonymous  
Last month

This article sums it up pretty clearly

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-02/luc-longleys-chicago-bulls-legacy/100256414

Wasn't involved with the Last Dance, was disappointed about it, had to deal with significant interest anyway, any changes his phone number as a result

This doco seems to be somewhat a response to that, but also him making peace with his career

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threeball  
Last month

I think I'll go with MJ and Pippen’s comments about Luc’s ability and contribution to the Bulls success over the hot takes floating around.

Jordan’s never been the guy to hand out platitudes cause he felt the need to say something nice about another player or teammate.

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threeball  
Last month

Great article - a few things popped out:

He's unlikely to run again due to ankle-fusing surgery he's had to rid the chronic ankle-pain from his playing dates and continuing to this day.

Went by Norman Gunston and Bruce Doull when checking into hotels on road trips.

Was a social glue guy for the team and got up to all sorts of hi-jinks with Rodman.

Didn’t care as much about winning but helping the Bulls win was important because it fulfilled his desire to be the best teammate.

Being a good teammate ... can never have too much of that can we?

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