The last dance may be over, but the heroics of Jordan and his Team Bull will forever remain in the hearts and minds of the basketball community. While people all over the country select and analyze doctors, every day new topics are discussed in relation to this team.
One of those subjects is how many chips M.J. could earn if he stayed in town for a few more years. In fact, he argued during the 10th episode of the Last Dance, confident that we can win seven. I really believe that.
But could they really win another coin if their race was extended for another year? Basketball analyst Michael Wilbon seems to think so:
Of course, the bulls could have won the seventh championship in the coming 1999 season. The conditions were ideal for the state of the competition. Don’t forget that the season 99 only started in the first week of February because the players were blocked. Only 50 games were played in this regular season. After the victory of June 98, Jordan, Scotty Pippen and Jackson would have had a full seven months to recharge, a break that would have been a great way to avoid exhaustion. Mr. Krause was afraid that too many players on the list were too old. More than six months off can work miracles for Jordan, Pippen, Ron Harper, Dennis Rodman, Bill Vennington and Steve Kerr.
He has no doubt that they would have knocked down the tracks that were a rising dynasty at the time.
If Jordan had managed to convince Jackson to come back for another round (but Rainsdorf had taken Krause out first), it would probably have led to a gang game or rather prevented Kerr and Will Purdue from going to San Antonio, which would have weakened the tracks that made the NBA final (OK, a little).
Okay, traces with young Tim Duncan and experienced David Robinson would be a problem. Coach Gregg Popovich and the Spurs have won five of their own titles. But imagine Jordan’s motivation after hearing the whole season that his bulls would have no reaction to Robinson and Duncan’s twin towers. Imagine Jordan and Pippen, both rested and healthy, warming up to the idea of a sprint in the 50-game season.
Over time, Mr. Krause might be able to make a deal with Tracy McGrady, which, of course, would further increase his chances.
The big problem would be to pay Pippen or maybe try to buy a young wing that could play with Jordan. Think of Tracy McGradie, who wanted and could have wanted Krause, since the Toronto Predators never found out what they had in the Hall of Surname.
So Jordan played with the already famous Tony Cookie and McGrady because for the fifth time in the playoffs his wings couldn’t get past Ewing and the New York Knicks? You’re welcome. In the dream of Jordan. The Knicks are the eighth seed, which fortunately took a lead by beating Miami Hit in the first round of the playoffs and the shocking Indiana Paceerson in the Eastern Conference final. The problem for the Bulls would be the Spurs, who even without Kerr and Perdue, Robinson, Duncan and an impressive team of experienced veterans like Avery Johnson, Sean Elliott, Mario Eli, Jerome Kersey and Malik Rose bring depth if they didn’t have to face the Pacers in the second post-season. And Popovich runs them. There’s no need to use acorns.
It is easy to give the bulls the benefit of the doubt with Jordan, Mac, Cocoon and the team. And if they won the Seven, their legacy would be even greater than it already is.
But in the end, reality had a different plan for them – one that was less exciting in the end. But you can still dream, right?