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.
Three words, Jazz fans:Get.Over.It.Bad calls
happen all the time, and even if the pushoff had been called, the Jazz likely
would have lost the series anyway.
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.
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."
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.
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?