Perdue: "The Last Dance" Has Been "Somewhat Emotional"

Will Perdue, who helped the Bulls to three NBA titles, shared his thoughts on the 10-part documentary

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
April 30, 2020 - 10:42 am

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As someone who spent the majority of his career playing for the Chicago Bulls, Will Perdue has thoroughly enjoyed watching The Last Dance. A first-round pick in 1988, Perdue helped the Bulls to three NBA titles in the early 1990s.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed [the documentary],” Perdue said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “It’s been entertaining. It’s been somewhat emotional as well. This [documentary] has kind of brought a lot of us back together.”

Perdue has been in touch with several former teammates recently, including B.J. Armstrong, Bill Wennington and Horace Grant.

“These are guys we still consider to be friends but because everybody is all spread out you don’t really see a lot anymore,” Perdue said. “You may communicate with [them] every three or four months, but it’s kind of been a little bit of a reunion.”

Watching the documentary and reliving the Bulls’ 1991 championship was special for Perdue.

“They show Michael crying, I was watching it with my son, who’s 16,” he said. “It kind of brings back the memories, the hard work, the sacrifices. As B.J. mentioned – it was kind of funny – he says, ‘For a minute there, you’re like, yeah, I can go back and play. And then you’re like, oh no, I’m 50-something, I can’t do that anymore.’”

Perdue played for the Bulls until 1995, when he was traded for Dennis Rodman.

“I see it as an honor,” Perdue said, laughing. “Hey, I was traded straight up for a Hall of Famer. I know that doesn’t make Dennis very happy because he’s had some, I guess you could say snide comments, about how, ‘I got traded for Will Perdue? Really?’”

At the time, Perdue did not want to leave Chicago, especially since Jordan had just returned from playing baseball.

“You knew what was going to happen in the offseason,” Perdue said. “Michael was going to be raring to go. Michael was going to feel like he had something to prove. Michael was now going to be the old Michael. I felt like I had a championship ripped out from underneath me. But I also realized – and this is the maturation, the growth of an individual – it’s probably the best thing that ever happened to me because it allowed me to expand my game. It allowed me to win another championship in ’99. But also it answered a lot of questions for me personally and professionally – and Gregg Popovich had a lot to do with that. So I kind of look at it as a win-win.”