Up till 4 am last night watching Knicks/Rockets, I wake up just in time to watch the last three minutes of the 1998 finals. The first thing that comes to mind is just how god awful Bob Costas is as a play by play guy. For the three years between 1997 and 2000, Marv Albert's legal trouble had him temporarily fired, and apparently NBC thought that Bob Costas would make for a good replacement. Every time there has been a shot attempt in these last two minutes COSTAS RAISES HIS VOICE TO ENHANCE THE DRAMA. Usually, when media outlets show great moments in playoff history (Willis in 1970 for example) we get the video put over the live announcing. In the case of the last Jordan shot, no one ever plays Bob’s crappy live announcing, forgoing it in favor what he said over the second replay (“If this is the last shot of Michael Jordan’s career…”). His voice should be limited to voice over.
-I wonder if the Bulls second 3 peat could have happened without Dennis Rodman. Rodman guarded the west coast's second best 4 in 1996 (Sean Kemp) and did a terrific job. Then, in 1997 and 1998, he limited (but didn't shut down) the great Karl Malone.
-I feel terrible for Jerry Sloan. That man deserves so much (such as a Coach of the Year!). The look on his face when he congratulated MJ looks like “we can get it next year without you,” but they never did. He and John Stockton are going to be forgotten, and that tears my heart out.
-In my memory, and if David Stern's post game speech is anything to go by, it seems like 1998 was just a series of David Stern handjobs for Michael Jordan.
-In 1999 the Knicks played with so much fire it is just a joy to watch today. I mean, its been clear from the opening tip how poorly the matched up with the Spurs that year, but they kept it close by making San Antonio's defense work through constant help and rotations. Larry Johnson really busted his balls (though ultimately failing) in his defense of Tim Duncan. There are a couple of possessions where all he did, and all he could do, was just muscle Duncan off the block. These days, no one is able to push Duncan around like this, but it does seem that early in his career, Duncan often didn't have his legs under him. No wonder people often doubted whether he could make the adjustment and win Without David Robinson, he didn't always play like a big center.
-Doug Collins just compared Sprewell and Kobe in their ability to drive baseline. Remember those days Knicks fans? The good old days when Sprewell (or anyone on the Knicks for that matter) was good enough to even be mentioned in the same sentence as Bryant? Now I don't think there's a single Knicks player good enough to be compared to an all-star.
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