Filed under: Basketball, Brawls, Bread City, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Video | Tags: David Stern, Derek Harper, Jo Jo English, John Starks, Pat Riley, Patrick Ewing, Rivalries, Scottie Pippen
It’s the Eastern Conference Semifinals, and the Knicks are rocking black sneakers for good luck. This is their shot. 1994: the year without Jordan. New York has to win now, while they can. Because whatever little fantasy MJ is living out at that moment – pretending to be a baseball player, Indian chief, astronaut, or whatever – they all know it won’t last.
And the Knicks are winning the series 2-0, when the scuffle breaks out between Derek Harper and Jo Jo English in Game 3. These teams hate one another. Pippen and Charles Smith had technical fouls before the game even started. Now the benches clear quick.
The fight goes down to the ground on some bad jiujitsu. Arms and legs everywhere. John Starks is about to throw a punch when Phil Jackson grabs him from behind. They both get tackled into the stands, and security bodies Starks up. Ewing and Pippen play the old hold me back, hold me back game. And Pat Riley’s not even mad until Derek Harper puts hands on coach’s suit.
But the best part? David Stern sits a few mere rows from the melee. He’s literally close enough to reach out and break up the fight himself, but he can’t move. The commissioner just stares, bug-eyed, into his own personal slow motion disaster reel, as both teams crush the heavy spenders sitting courtside.
New York went on to win the series in 7 games, and Jordan returned to basketball the following season.
Filed under: Basketball, Bread City, Chicago Bulls, New York City, Video | Tags: 1990s NBA, Charles Oakley, John Paxson, Violence in sports
NYC IS A STATE OF MIND, BEST REPRESENTED BY CHARLES OAKLEY’S ELBOW. I’LL BE BACK.
Filed under: Bread City, Chicago Bulls, Photography | Tags: 1990s Culture, Jerseys, New York Mets, Spike Lee
On the private internet investigator tip, unearthing betrayal, infidelity, and double-crossing wherever whenever. Knicks fans shouldn’t wear Bulls jerseys.
Filed under: Art, Basketball, Bread City, Chicago Bulls, Collage, Michael Jordan | Tags: 1990s NBA, Art History, Basketball Art, Masaccio
90s NBA VS. ITALIAN EARLY RENAISSANCE!
expulsion from the garden of eden by Jason Lee/Masaccio
Filed under: Basketball, Bread City, Chicago Bulls, Madison Square Garden, Michael Jordan, New York Knicks, Video | Tags: 1990s NBA, Basketball History, Playoffs
With Chicago leading, 48-39, with 4 minutes 30 seconds left in the first half, Jordan missed an uncontested breakaway dunk slamming the ball hard off the back rim. The crowd roard for more than a minute, and the energy in the building seemed to transfer to the Knicks. New York ended the first half with an 11-3 run, closing to 51-50 after Chicago had built a 13-point first-quarter lead.
– From The New York Times, 5/10/92
I miss the old center court logo.