Michael Bullish on Current Bulls Squad

By Jerald L. Hoover BASN Staff Writer
Updated: March 24, 2011

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NEW YORK—A few Saturday’s ago in Chicago the Bulls celebrated their first ever NBA Championship by bringing back the players from the 1991 team. Everybody showed up with the exception of Phil Jackson who had Los Angeles Lakers business, (they were in Dallas playing the Mavericks). He was able to address the raucous crowd via a video tape recorded message. And center Bill Cartwright was with the Phoenix Suns where he serves as an assistant coach.

The Bulls of course went on to win 5 more Championships and twice won the gold ball 3 times in a row. The Bulls could have won 8 in a row had it not been for Michael Jordan’s infatuation with baseball that caused him to miss 18 months of NBA ball. Although some privately suggest that it was other things that kept him away. But his hiatus did give the Houston Rockets, led by Hakeem Olajuwon a chance to win back to back titles for their own bit of history. The New York Knicks nearly snuck one of those Jordan-less championships away. If it had not been for Pat Riley leaving the cold shooting John Starks (2-18) in the game instead of inserting the eager Rolando Blackmon the outcome could have been different. Some Knicks fans still lament that episode in 1994. The Knicks have only been to the Finals once since that time. That was in 1999 with a Ewing-less five-game lost to the San Antonio Spurs.

From the very looks of things, the event honoring the Bulls was festive and well planned. Jordan was there in his entire Sartorius splendor rocking a light blue suit with matching tie. He no doubt received the loudest applause as each player and coach from that team was introduced separately. Pippen and Jordan shared the microphone but when Jordan took it for himself, the place rocked. He spoke glowingly about their time together, the fan support and all the usual niceties. But, when he said, “I feel this Bulls team can also win 6 titles as well,” he immediately as present Bulls star Derrick Rose said, “put the pressure on us.” Of course Jordan didn’t do it for gamesmanship as he is the current owner of the Charlotte Bobcats; nor did he do it to apply a jinx. He was simply in awe of what he has seen and gave respect to it.

It wasn’t too long ago when Jordan anointed Rose as this year’s League MVP. And with good reason as Rose not only held the Bulls together as his team suffered huge losses in manpower. Both big men, Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer have missed extensive time due to injury. Now that the Bulls are somewhat intact, they sit atop of the Eastern Conference and are winning games in slaughter type fashion. They have recorded to date some very impressive blowouts of late.

There are many in the media that have the Bulls going head to head with the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals and not the Miami Heat. How odd will that be for the Heat with the self appointed Big 3 not in the title picture, if it should end that way? Would that be another cause for tears in Miami?

Jeraldhoover@blackathlete.com

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