May 12th, 2014 by John Kim / 47
Thus far, the 2014 NBA Playoffs have delivered everything we’ve expected of pro sports in the postseason. The high stress, hard fouls, heady plays, and hefty comebacks have delivered some high-octane entertainment, all of which pale in comparison to the fact that the eventual champion is still a big question mark. Needless to say, it’s been nothing but must-see-TV in the NBA front over the last two weeks, a nice departure from best-of-sevens of recent years that seem to reach a conclusion after two or three games. There’s obviously more of a story when there isn’t a clear-cut winner and lower-seeded teams emerge as contenders, but in the decade prior to the new century, it was all Jordan; he and the Bulls dominated when it came to the “second” season and the power shifted back to the West only when MJ was absent from the game. That doesn’t mean his track record went unscathed, because there was a time in the 90’s when Michael Jordan was sent home.
Had it not been for retirement, it is entirely possible that the Jordan-led dynasty could’ve stretched to double digits. Arguably the most competition the Bulls ever got in the Finals was Malone, Stockton, and the Utah Jazz, but even those teams couldn’t stretch the series to seven games. Sports romantics would point to his early retirements in ’93 and ’98 as the only thing getting in the way of a potential decade-long dynasty, but Michael did have a chance to win another in 1995 when he made a surprise comeback to the Bulls with just a handful of games left in the regular season. Did the early return and exit taint his legacy in any way? Not likely, but it says more about what should have been – an uninterrupted string of titles at least eight long. While we’re amidst one of the best NBA Playoffs perhaps of the post-Jordan era, let’s take a look back at Jordan’s sole exit from the postseason back in ’95.
Alex Perez the greatest moment in magic history was when shaq hit his only 3 and yes magic would have won the title that year if nick would have made them free throws in game 1 of the finals.
@sneakernews Anderson stole the ball in a crucial point in the game in Orlando won the series notice: Mike wearing number 45
@sneakernews retro10s too
He about to get that ball stolen. Pass to Penny, then pass to Grant for the dunk. LOL! Greatest single moment in Magic history.
@sneakernews How about those 10s though lol
@sneakernews nobody ever had more style than MJ with that knee brace
@sneakernews chased down by the Xs too
@sneakernews not a good memory for Mike as I recall
@sneakernews Funny...Nick Anderson is wearing the 10s
MJ made them 11's look so mean on the court, now JB done killed the mystic they once had with all the re re re re retros. I was upset they lost to the Magic that year, but the Magic was my second favorite team cause of Penny and Shaq. Real BB back then.
Yes and The game had more soild players and more hall of fam players and wasnt no team to team trades....reason that happends now is cus the game is diff and every one wanna it aint no real basketball its washed up now its all abt money and selling out and politics tim and kg, allen, kb, nash still here from the mid late 90s era but ray dont count u on that LB SHIT LOL
I got kids saying to me all the time "lebron this lebron that" the level of competition back then was rediculous and MJ still managed to dominate. 6-0 in the finals thats dominance whats LEbron 2-4 he had to beg barter and steal players to create that collusion masterpiece that is the miami heat and hes just now starting play to his potential in the last 2 years.
And if the 11 is ur favorite and don't know about the 95 playoffs then ur a 11 hype bitch and should stick to ur time, which is currently KD lebron blah blah blah
And kids don't know that nick Anderson was the one who stole the ball from MJ twice. The all black 11s he wore actually had concord bottoms. But pretty much were the space jams.
Nick Anderson chasing MJ down in the Xs. Great shot (and documentation of Jordan's influence on the younger players he faced in the league).
I thank you for writing this article. It made me appreciate the sneaker and history even more. Around that time, i was 8 busy playing 16-bit video games lol.
Takes me back to Jr High and playing NBA Live 95.
All you kids who camp out for Jordans and weren't around to see this happen, this is a good article that will tell you how it really went down. This is what gives shoes a meaning
so jordan have pippen & grant, the first three peat then rodman with the second three peat jordan didn't do shit in the 80's....
Tell em!!! Every body wanna be cool and every body know they really like the shoe cus of some one else tooo..
@rnrwithdave How,there was no Mj on live 95, Bulls G 23,cmon maaaaaan.
@google aross414 da barber its my same screen name for IG