Craig Ehlo Fires Back At Ron Harper After His Negative Comments In ‘The Last Dance’

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Craig Ehlo Fires Back At Ron Harper After His Negative Comments In ‘The Last Dance’


The 10-part ESPN documentary ‘The Last Dance’ rekindles some of the greatest moments in history of the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan. Jordan’s iconic buzzer-beater in the 1989 Eastern Conference first round series between the Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers, for example.

During last Sunday’s third episode of ‘The Last Dance’, former Cavaliers guard Ron Harper recalled the season-defying moment that ended the run for the Cavaliers. Harper brought up the idea that he initially wanted to defend Jordan in the closing seconds of the game, but this request was turned down by coach Lenny Wilkens who put Ehlo instead.

Craig Ehlo, however, didn’t acknowledge Harper’s comments during this interview on the documentary. The former Cavaliers sharpshooter reveals that he doesn’t remember his former teammate saying anything about guarding Jordan during the game. 



“I never said I was a Jordan stopper like Gerald Wilkins or anything,” said Ehlo in response to Harper’s remarks. “But back then, Harp and me were on the court at the same time and he was our big offensive threat. So when I came in, it was a no-brainer that I would guard Jordan so Harp could rest on defense and play on offense.

“Harp had never really talked about defense or guarding people,” Ehlo added. “He wasn’t a bad defender, I’ll give him that much, but I think those years with the Bulls where he got those championships, he was definitely third or fourth fiddle, so all of a sudden he becomes this lockdown defender, apparently. 

“I don’t really remember him during our time wanting to play defense that much. He kind of shocked me with those comments, saying he wanted to guard Michael.”


The documentary remains to be a controversial subject as it opens up interesting stories that we might not have know about. Since its release, there has been a huge faction of different NBA personalities sharing their thoughts and opinions about the highly-rated documentary – Ehlo as the most recent one. With more episodes set to drop, it looks like tensions aren’t dying anytime soon.

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