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Published: Saturday, June 1 2013 8:25 p.m. MDT

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Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

About 7 years ago I was watching ESPN and there was a documentary about that Michael Jordan. When they got to the 1998 Finals Game against the Jazz, the documentary brought up this "controversy", concluding decisively that it was a foul, but the main point was that only MJ could be talented enough to put up such a shot after fouling like that. Kind of like what the comments the NBA players made in the article.

Unless that documentary was made by Utahns (I'm pretty sure it wasn't), it seems the "controversy" isn't just a Utah thing, nor should it be much of a controversy. There is also controversy on the refereeing in general during the Jazz/Bulls Finals series those years.

The way I see it, we can't change what happened, but we should try to prevent things like that in the future and make sure the right calls are made the first time. The Bulls were good, but if they want to prove they're really the best, they should prove it without question. Is that how they want to be remembered?

Salt Lake City, Utah

No controversy it was a push but in the NBA at that time "Jordan Rules" trumped regular basketball rules. Kind of like Lebron rules trump regular basketball rules except last night when an official found the courage to call the charge against Lebron on his drive to the basket. I am sure that official will be done for the series.

Salt Lake City, UT

I don't think anyone honestly thinks there was not a push off.

But, just to be certain I hadn't somehow been transported back to a time when a story about this would have been relevant, I looked to see when this story was published. I was somewhat reassured to see under the by-line: "Published: Saturday, June 1 2013 8:25 p.m. MDT"

So, in the end, I think I'd have to echo the words of Bryon Russell who is quoted as saying, "The way I see it, it's history."

Temecula, CA

It was definitely a push off. It definitely should have been called, but even obvious calls are sometimes not called in the last two minutes of playoff games. Add the fact that it was Michael Jordan doing the pushing, and he did it pretty smoothly...well, I just live with the fact that the Jazz gave it their best and it may have been enough in a perfect world.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Three words, Jazz fans:

Bad calls happen all the time, and even if the pushoff had been called, the Jazz likely would have lost the series anyway.

Iowa Jazz Fan 2
Cedar Rapids, IA

Another aspect of it that we have to get over -- tough as it has been -- is that Jordan would never have had the opportunity to make that shot if Karl Malone had not allowed MJ to sneak up from behind and pluck the ball right out of his hands. That still bothers me more than the pushoff/shot.

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