Waring: If you’re a fan of the Utah Jazz, you may not want to see this.
With the 2017 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers in full swing (and s of this writing, totally lacking of any drama) we revisit what many know to be one the greatest shots in NBA Final history.
Going into the 1997-1998 NBA season, many suspected Michael Jordan was nearing the end of his storied career. His Chicago Bulls were coming off of back-to-back championships, and it seemed that Jordan had little left to prove or achieve. Fast forward to the ’98 NBA Finals, and Jordan had an opportunity to help the Bulls threepeat, and the only obstacle left was the Utah Jazz who they had beat for the title in the previous season.
The Bulls went into Game 6 of that Finals with a 3-2 lead, but with Utah owning home court advantage, a sixth world title was anything but a lock for Air Jordan. Going into the final minute of the game, the Bulls found themselves in a dogfight against John Stockton, Karl Malone, and the rest of the Jazz. After Stockton hit a long 2 with 40 seconds left, the Bulls found themselves down 3. What happened next will live in NBA history as what some will call the most significant shot in NBA Finals history.