Was Michael Jordan's gambling a problem? 'The Last Dance' delves into infamous side of MJ

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Michael Jordan gambled on the team plane – didn’t matter if it was big-money games in the back of the plane or $1 a hand blackjack in the front of the plane – he gambled on silly concocted games with arena security, he gambled on the golf course and he gambled at casinos. 

Jordan’s predilection for wagering big or small featured prominently in Episode 6 of “The Last Dance” Sunday on ESPN.

The spotlight on Jordan’s gambling began to grow and blew up during the 1993 playoffs when the Chicago Bulls played the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference finals.

Trailing the Knicks 1-0, Jordan went to an Atlantic City casino, and it was reported he was spotted at the casino as late as 2:30 a.m. with a game to be played about 18 hours later at Madison Square Garden.

The New York Times lectured Jordan about his late-night/early-morning excursion: “Jordan’s time might have been better spent resting for the second game of the Eastern Conference final between the Bulls and the Knicks.”

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