In the just completed Knicks versus Bucks game in Milwaukee, New York made it a barn burner til the buzzer as they came back from 26 points down to fall short by 4, 117-113. Giving them hope though was, in part, Iman Shumpert with this silly athletic reverse dunk over Giannis of all people with less than 2 minutes to go. Impressive. Even on a non-marquee night for the NBA schedule tonight, there’s always something cool. This is why these posts are here. Look for an update if Anthony Davis does something sweet in the ongoing Pelicans vs. Kings game (likely).
The other dunk of the night: Jeff Teague on, well, nobody from the Lakers. But look at how far he jumps! Smooth. Didn’t matter though as somehow the Hawks lost to Kobe and the Lakers.
Today marks another milestone day in Bulls Playoff history, that I’m glad to divert some of the attention I have on the present-day Eastern Conference Finals towards as well, hah!
That day, 20 years ago, May 20th, 1994 was Game 6 of the Bulls-Knicks ECF matchup and the last NBA game ever played at the old Chicago Stadium. With the Bulls down 3 games to 2, the team’s MVP (and league’s All-Star Game MVP that year), Scottie Pippen led the charge to force a deciding Game 7. Though the Bulls lost the series and a chance at the ’94 Finals, this play remains the iconic dunk and highlight of Scottie Pippen’s illustrious career.
Relive the dunk below and hear Scottie’s reflection on how he ended up walking over Patrick Ewing and the words he had for Spike Lee. Ahh, the nostalgia sets in right away.
Bulls.com marked the anniversary today with this must-read piece on the ’93-’94 season (and the dunk, of course) that represented Pippen’s continued growth into the superstar to support Michael in his return the following season. His words:
It was one of my greatest seasons. It wasn’t quite as successful of a season as we wanted, but I enjoyed the team and I loved my teammates. I enjoyed my growth and development as a player, as well as the leadership role that I had. It was the first time for me to be the clear cut star. I didn’t always have a chance to rise up when Michael was there, especially in my first three years. But by him stepping away a little bit, it gave me a little room to grow. And when he came back, it gave me an opportunity to stand beside him instead of standing below him.