With their creative player they lost the first three games then never lost more than two in a row after that. In February, they won eleven games, lost one then won nine more which put them at a record of 50-15(year by year). In the 1991 finals, the matchup between the Chicago Bulls and the LA Lakers was a game of the best two teams in NBA history. The Lakers won the first game by a last second three point shot by Sam Perking. After losing the first game, the Bulls won four games in a row, therefore, making them the 1991 NBA champions.
He does not own the Bulls, and he isn't general manager, but as sure as they lost their opener to the Celtics and as sure as they drifted through the first two months of the season, he is the guy who built this team, for better or worse. Shortly after the Bulls defeated the Jazz in the NBA Finals last spring, Jordan said, "We deserve a chance (to win a sixth title)." Much of what has followed is a consequence of Jordan's desire, ambition and power. Phil Jackson is coach, Scottie Pippen is still a part of the team, albeit disgruntled, and Dennis Rodman is back in Chicago, thanks to Jordan. The power to shape a basketball team, not just any team, but the defending NBA champions, winners of five titles in seven years, is impressive power, indeed.
BOSTON - Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring - especially not the Celtics, who got away with one when the Chicago Bulls collapsed in the las five minutes and bowed to Boston, 109-104, Sunday night. This was a classic “ugly” win by the Celts, who trailed for virtually the entire game. In the last five minutes the Celts rescue the game with a 15-1 burst. Many Fans left the Building thinking the Bulls choked. In any case, Boston haven’t been playing well lately.
He was not supposed to show, but at pregame warm-ups, he was there. When the game started Jordan was playing slow, 60% is normal game speed, and having to stop frequently for breaths. At the beginning of the second quarter, the Bulls were losing by 16 points. He then had a spark and at the end of the quarter, he had a total of 17 points! At halftime, Jordan spent his time getting pumped full of fluids.
What the heck happened to the Los Angeles Lakers? In a season of irregular menstrual cycles (no offense to Pau Gasol) -- starting the year 8-0, losing four-in-a-row, winning seven-in-a-row, losing five-in-a-row, losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning seventeen-of-eighteen, then going on a five-game-losing streak to end the regular season, struggling distractedly against a mediocre New Orleans Hornets club in round one of the playoffs -- the Lakers ended 2010-11 not only by being swept by the Mark Cuban Mavericks (losing the final "win or go home" game by 36 points) but by becoming a group of guys who would clearly go home rather than spend another second in each other's presence. Or with their (now gone) head coach. As a Lakers fan since before they got Magic Johnson, I've never felt the emotional attachment to the post-Shaq "Kobe Lakers" I had with the Showtime teams of the 80s (not even close) or the Shaq Threepeaters of 2000 - 2002 (or the goofy Nick Van Excel clubs of the 90s). The problem is Bryant.
He was useless. By the Fourth and Final Period the Jazz had the lead by 8. Jordan spiked back up and quickly went on a 10 point run to put the Bulls in the lead. The Jazz retaliated and made the...
And that may be the root of the biggest emotion of all at Duke these days. Surprise. n A decade of Duke dominance ended with a thud last March. The Huskies stunned the nation with a 77-74 win in the NCAAchampionship game, and the bad news kept flowing out of Durham. Sophomore Elton Brand, the national Player of the Year, announced his intention to enter the NBADraft.
Greed In Sports Recently Michael Jordan wanted to de-certify the union of the National Basketball Association, because he felt he could never make what he was “worth” under the current agreement. Michael Jordan had an estimated income of $33 million in 1994. Last year, Major League Baseball players went on strike because they felt the deal that the owners were proposing was unfair. The minimum salary for a major league player is $119,000. For the first time in ninety years, there was no post-season baseball, and no world series.
The Bruins, playing with an injured Alcindor, suffered a mid-season loss to Houston and Elvin Hayes in the Astrodome, but proved that was a fluke in the tourney semifinal, burying the Cougars 101-69. The final was also cake, a 78-55 win over UNC. How'd they do it? To start, they had Alcindor, the best player in college basketball history, who averaged 26 points and 16 rebounds per game. Junior guard Lucius Allen, senior Mike Warren, Jr., Lynn Shackleford and senior Mike Lynn also averaged in double figures for the season.
Me, and my friend named Matt were talking about sports one day last year, when our conversation took a drastic turn into an argument. The sport of topic was Basketball, and it was about a week before the NBA Finals. I was saying how the Los Angeles Lakers were going to take the whole playoff championship with out a loss. He on the other hand was a Philadelphia fan, and wanted to see the 76ers beet the Lakers in the NBA finals. I thought it was preposterous for him to say the Lakers would loose the NBA Finals, after not loosing one game on the way there.