The Last Dance: Reggie Miller, Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls vs Indiana Pacers | Fox Sports

NBA Hall of Famer Reggie Miller apparently almost passed on appearing in “The Last Dance,” hoping to avoid reliving the pain from losing in the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals to Michael Jordan and the Bulls.

According to former Pacers teammate Jalen Rose, Miller contemplated whether or not he should participate in a sit-down interview with ESPN to help chronicle the greatness of the team that stole his best chance of winning an NBA title.

“Interviewing Reggie, as somebody who played with him, I was trying to initially get him to interview for this … He didn’t want to do it. It was too much pain,” Rose said on the “Jalen & Jacoby” aftershow podcast.

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Jason Hehir, who directed “The Last Dance,” confirmed that it took some time for Miller to agree to an interview.

The final episode of the docuseries dove into how Miller and the rest of the Pacers nearly squashed the Bulls dynasty in the Eastern Conference Finals, forcing a Game 7 after going down 2-0. That included Miller hitting a game-winning 3-pointer in Game 4 after pushing off Jordan to free himself up for the clutch basket.

Indiana fell short in Game 7 as performances from Jordan and Scottie Pippen powered the Bulls organisation to its sixth NBA Finals in the last eight years. Chicago went on to secure its’ second three-peat in franchise history by beating the Jazz in six games in the NBA Finals.

Miller, who retired a five-time All-Star after 18 years with the Pacers, never won an NBA title.

Jazz point guard John Stockton also initially refused to take part in the series, calling it a “puff piece” for Jordan.

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