Watched #TheLastDance last night and it brought back some memories I had with Michael Jordan. (1/7)
The first one was a game in 1996. Kerry Kittles was a rookie. We went right at Kerry and he scored 17 in the first quarter. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see Michael staring at me, but I was trying my best not to look at him. (2/7)
I couldn’t help it and finally looked over at Michael. When I did, he put his fingers and thumb together and made a zero. I looked at Kenny Gattison, one of our assistants, and said, “What is he doing? I’m not going to engage with him.” (3/7)
Kenny says, “I think he’s saying Kerry isn’t scoring again.” And he was right. He didn’t. Michael took it upon himself and said, “I’m not letting him score another bucket.” People forget how good he was defensively. He was All-Defensive First Team every year. (4/7)
The other thing that comes to mind is our playoff series with them in 1998. We got in the playoffs for the first time in forever and got in as the eight seed. Unfortunately, Michael and the Bulls were the one seed and our matchup. (5/7)
I remember being in a timeout and Michael basically tried to walk into it. I’m cheering on the guys and he kind of stares in there. Again, I am not engaging with him. I’m doing everything I can not to. (6/7)
Michael could have grabbed my arm and I would have politely said, “Excuse me.” The reason being, you do not want to make that guy mad. He’s looking to be engaged. To say I was a little intimidated is an understatement. Everybody knew what Michael was capable of. (7/7)
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