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The Last Dance: Photo shows Luc Longley was ‘always forgotten’ in NBA Chicago Bulls - 7NEWS.com.au
The picture proves that the Aussie NBA champion wasn’t just left out of the The Last Dance documentary.
A picture has emerged that shows Aussie basketball star Luc Longley was often the Bulls forgotten man not just in the The Last Dance documentary. Longley has made plenty of headlines in recent times after being mysteriously left out of the doco which follows Michael Jordans Last Dance with the Chicago Bulls in 1998, and the dramatic years leading up to it. The director of the highly acclaimed documentary claimed the absence of the Aussie 7-foot-2 giant had nothing to do with an unwillingness to get him involved, but rather budget restraints. Meanwhile, those close to the Perth-born Longley say he simply preferred to stay out of the limelight, as much now as he did when he was the starting centre for the best basketball team of all time. However more evidence has now emerged showing that the three-time NBA champion was often the forgotten man in the Bulls dynasty year. COLD BLOODED: Why Jordan always refused help from teammates AIR JORDAN: Last Dance doco sends price of iconic MJ shoes soaring Luc Longley of the Chicago Bulls is interviewed in the locker room after the Bulls win game 6 of the 1997 NBA Finals at the United Center in Chicago. Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images The editor of The Athletic Chicago Jon Greenberg has unearthed an image from the wall of a Japanese restaurant just 25 minutes from Chicagos home court which shows yet another snub of the Aussie star - all the way back in 1998. Pictured alongside the likes of Steve Kerr, Bill Wennington, Jud Buechler and Toni Kukoc Longley can be seen towering over the group from the left side of the image. There was just one problem Longleys name is missing from the picture, despite the fact hes the only starter in the group. Greenberg posted the image to his Twitter account in after a trip to the Ron of Japan restaurant in 2017, alongside the caption: this is the GOAT of Northbrook Ron of Japan athlete pics. All the White guys from a second threepeat Bulls team. The brutal snub was immediately picked up by one of his followers. How they gonna do Luc wrong like that by leaving his name off? the follower replied. The snub was recently discussed on Chicago sports radio show The670Score with host Danny Parkins discussing the reality of Longleys situation in Chicago during the dynasty years. He was a starter, he was often overlooked, Parkins said. The Ron of Japan in Northbrook, theres that legendary picture on the wall and its got Steve Kerr, Bill Wennington, Jud Buechler, Luc Longley and three other dudes and they have it in that old black and white tape, like a label maker. They had Buechler, Kerr and Wenningtons names put into the old-school 8x10 picture frame and Luc Longleys name wasnt printed. He was always forgotten. He was the only starter in the frame and his name is completely omitted. Luc Longley (right) was a three-time NBA champion after starting alongside Michael Jordan (left) as the Chicago Bulls claimed their second threepeat in 1998. Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Australian basketball legend Luc Longley was the man in Boomers camp circa 2000. Longley was a three-time NBA champion, starting alongside Michael Jordan as the Chicago Bulls claimed their second threepeat in 1998. The 218cm centre signed with the New York Knicks in 2000 but before strutting his stuff at Madison Square Garden, the big man guided Australia to the bronze-medal match at the Sydney Olympics. Former NBA player and Boomers backup centre at those Olympics, Chris Anstey, has revealed the incredible sacrifice Longley made to represent Australia in Sydney. To this day, every Australian senior basketball representative receives a per diem while fulfilling national duties, Anstey said. AIR TIME: The billion-dollar decision Michael Jordan almost missed ROOKIE: MJ signed with Bulls and joined a travelling cocaine circus Boomers assistant Luc Longley prefers to stay out of the limelight. Credit: Getty Luc, and to a lesser extent I, were criticised for accepting $330 a day to prepare for and play in the Olympic Games given we were being well paid in the NBA. What very few knew was that because only NBL contracts were covered by Basketball Australias insurance in the event of an injury, Luc had been required to take out his own contract insurance for his US$6 million a year contract. Luc was out of pocket over $20,000 to represent Australia at the Sydney Olympics. He never asked for a cent and never bought it up amongst the criticism levelled at him. It wasnt the only selfless act from Longley during the Olympics, with Anstey revealing the millionaire never hesitated in treating his teammates. Australian basketball legend Luc Longley was the man in Boomers camp circa 2000. Credit: Getty As we sat on the (team) bus, Luc made the comment that he was sick of the food at our hotel and would like to eat out that night, Anstey said. (Luc said) Fellas, its my shout tonight. I wanted to eat at one of my favourite restaurants. I want to enjoy dinner with my teammates and want you guys to be able to enjoy it without worrying about the price. That was the thing with Luc. From the minute I (met him) he had been one of the most generous people I had met. Generous with his time. Generous with his money. Generous with his advice.
New York City emergency doctor fighting COVID-19 takes her own life - 7NEWS.com.au
“Make sure she’s praised as a hero, because she was”
A New York City emergency room doctor who was on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus has taken her own life, her father said Monday. Dr. Lorna Breen, 49, who worked at New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, was in Virginia when she died on Sunday. She tried to do her job, and it killed her, Phillip Breen, Lornas father who is also a doctor, told The New York Times. She was truly in the trenches of the front line. He said she seemed very detached of late and that she had described some of the horrors she had witnessed at the hospital while battling the virus. File image outside the Elmhurst Hospital Center on April 25, 2020 in New York City. Credit: Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images Make sure shes praised as a hero, because she was, Phillip Breen said. Shes a casualty just as much as anybody else who has died. The hospital confirmed Lorna Breens death in a statement released by chief spokesperson Lucky Tran, but gave few other details. Words cannot convey the sense of loss we feel today, the statement said. Dr. Breen is a hero who brought the highest ideals of medicine to the challenging front lines of the emergency department. More on 7NEWS.com.au Our focus today is to provide support to her family, friends, and colleagues as they cope with this news during what is already an extraordinarily difficult time. New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital has 200 beds, is in northern Manhattan and is one of the seven hospitals that make up NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For further information about depression contact beyondblue on 1300224636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust. If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.