ESPN's 10-part documentary series about the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan, The Last Dance, continued on Sunday night with two more episodes. Emotions were running high due to the inclusion of the late Kobe Bryant, but there were also some viewers slightly confused. They wanted to know why Justin Timberlake was included.
The man who sang "Cry Me A River" was initially shown in The Last Dance's reveal trailer, along with many other prominent figures. He joined President Barack Obama, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley and many others that have been commonly associated with the NBA. As a part-owner of the Memphis Grizzlies, there was an expectation that Timberlake would talk about Jordan's impact on the NBA. However, he primarily discussed shoes.
When Timberlake appeared on the screen, there was some initial excitement among viewers. After all, he is one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. The reactions quickly changed to confusion, however, as many fans of The Last Dance began to wonder why he was involved in this project. Did he have some ties to the Chicago Bulls beyond purchasing shoes, or was he just famous enough to be featured?
Justin Timberlake had no business being in that documentary #TheLastDance— Joy Azzi (@JoyAzzi) May 4, 2020
I still have 0 clue why Justin Timberlake was in #TheLastDance. I get he was a pop star in the 90’s but that one little clip was pointless. Who cares about him saving up to buy shoes? Just dumb.— I’m Ben (@Ben_Dover5678) May 4, 2020
Was Justin Timberlake really necessary in #TheLastDance? I actually would’ve like more Carmen Electra than him— Slim Bouler (@DudeMeisterrr) May 4, 2020
Justin Timberlake had zero purpose in #TheLastDance doc lol— Mars... (@FlightLifeFilms) May 4, 2020
I’m still here thinking... the weirdest part of that doc to me was not only Justin Timberlake was asked to take part but his actual contribution. I’m not that much younger than him and I NEVER remember having to wait in line for Jordan’s on any release #TheLastDance— Beyonk Knows (@BeyonK) May 4, 2020
So Toni Kukoc gets his first proper introduction in Episode 5 at the same time as Justin Timberlake.. #TheLastDance— ////// (@EuroballHandle) May 4, 2020
Why is Justin Timberlake in this documentary? It’s irking me ngl #TheLastDance— USHER STAN ACCOUNT. (@kitannaomi) May 4, 2020
lmao i was watching #TheLastDance and a wild justin timberlake shows up... oh he did not age well AT ALL— kamille ∞ (@mingukiu) May 4, 2020
Justin Timberlake lol #TheLastDance— Roy Mustang (@Yeezy77_) May 4, 2020
why is justin timberlake in this??? #TheLastDance— stacey ४ ⎊ (@habitualkiwi) May 4, 2020
Finally that Justin Timberlake interview.. #TheLastDance— Patrick James Lynch @ 🏡🎧 (@pjlynch) May 4, 2020
So, they’re doing a segment on what Air Jordans meant to hip-hop and black culture. And someone was like, “Hey, let’s bring in Justin Timberlake for an interview!” Who the 🤬 made that decision? They had to throw him in for 3 seconds? Really? 🧐😂 #TheLastDance— Elias McMillan (@eliasmcmillan) May 4, 2020
I know Justin Timberlake has a deal with Jordan Brand, but I wish Kanye would have replaced him in #TheLastDance. There's no other artist more influential in Jordans than Kanye West— Jerome (@jeromeiscruzing) May 4, 2020
Justin Timberlake said “every year he would do chores & save money & sit at Foot Locker to buy Jordan’s” but he was a Mouseketeer by the age of 12, making at least $185/200 per week. Plenty of money for a pair of kicks. I smell a lie. #TheLastDance— Call me Kari (@LyricalPhetish) May 4, 2020