The Bulls are headed to their fifth consecutive postseason – without Derrick Rose, no less – and it's their eighth appearance in the past nine years. Playoff time has always been exciting in Chicago and this year should be no different. So RedEye asked current Bulls and veteran reporters about their favorite NBA postseason memories, either watching as a kid or playing in the NBA.
And as you would expect, Michael Jordan's name came up. A lot.
My favorite playoff memory, probably, is Michael Jordan in the finals in Utah. Just going out like that. For the best player who ever lived to hit a shot like that was just seemed fitting. And as a player, you know, I'm hoping to have more. Right now, the scrapbook's a little limited.
Watching Michael Jordan crossing over Bryon Russell. When I was younger, I didn't understand that a crossover wasn't a simple play. And as I got older and started watching the NBA more, and then seeing how tough it is to guard people in this league today, I can only imagine how hard it was to guard Michael Jordan back then.
My favorite memory as a player is we were down – it was my second year in the NBA – against Atlanta. It was the second round of the playoffs and a crucial game to go up 3-2. Derrick [Rose] was getting double-teamed and he passed the ball to me on two straight plays. And I don't know what got into me, I made two straight buckets. I was rolling that game in the fourth quarter. I'll remember that for the rest of my life. It was so loud in the UC that game. It's gotta be that as my favorite—or the dunk on D-Wade.
My favorite moment watching the playoffs? Man, Michael Jordan, Game 6 in Utah. What did they call it, "The Shot"? Just to see how he went out, that was amazing.
And my favorite moment as a player was in 2012 with the Oklahoma City Thunder when we played the Dallas Mavericks in the first round. KD [Kevin Durant] hit a game winner in Game 1—off one leg. It was nice, man.
As a player, I won a championship [with San Antonio in 2005], so nothing beats that. Nothing beats winning a championship. Game 7; winning the championship against Detroit – at home. That's my favorite playoff memory.
Another one would be Robert Horry in Game 5 in the Finals on the road in Detroit; where he hit all those shots for us. And that inbounds play at the end of the game. He hit a big 3-pointer for us to win that game.
As a player, probably my fondest is winning a championship [in 2004 with Detroit] and beating the Lakers. Nobody thought we were going to win and that whole thing was exciting for me.