NBA Finals 1996 Game Three: Bulls at Seattle (Pt. 6)

The Bulls are coming off of a 13-point third quarter. “Michael Jordan figures to be more a part of the offense,” Albert says as the fourth begins. The words aren’t out of his mouth before MJ pops a turnaround jumper. Then Dennis Rodman begins to weave his spell again. Unprompted, Gary Payton grabs and holds…

NBA Finals 1996 Game Three: Bulls at Seattle (Pt. 4)

Short of catastrophic injuries, the Chicago Bulls are not losing a 24-point halftime lead, though Seattle promises to make it interesting. “Are they confident, or are they destroyed? Do they have enough left to get back in this game?” Hannah Storm asks Sonics coach Karl. She deadpans the questions and is unintentionally hilarious. “I think…

International Flair: Ten-minute basketball history lessons

Arvydas Sabonis. He helped win multiple medals in international competition. Meanwhile, Sabonis spent a brilliant career dominating European basketball. A cross between Shaquille O’Neal and Larry Bird, the 7-3 Lithuanian had handle, height, and heft like no other. Fans note his injuries with sadness, knowing that a great career was stunted. But Sabonis helped cement…

NBA Finals 1996 Game Three: Bulls at Sonics (Pt. 3)

With about eight minutes left until haltime, the Bulls still lead by 16. NBC flashes a graphic: Seattle Sonics Finals: 41 assists, 43 turnovers. “Not enough ball movement,” says commentator Matty Guokas. Bill Walton also keeps noting how Seattle’s offense is basically “throw the ball up” while the Bulls “just keep moving and passing the…

NBA Finals 1996 Game Three: Bulls at Sonics (Pt. 2)

In the pregame courtside chat, Hannah Storm basically says “Seattle wants to keep Shawn Kemp away from Dennis Rodman.” This is just before a boxing ring announcer walks out in a white jacket, asking the crowd “Are you ready… are you ready to rumbllllle…”  Well, yes. They are. Mike Jordan guards Gary “The Glove” Payton early…

NBA Finals 1996 Game Three: Bulls at Sonics (Pt. 1)

Well, I was feeling nostalgic and dug through my dusty VHS collection of NBA games. Since the tapes will eventually disintegrate, and there are no plans to convert all of them to DVD or digital… this write-up is the next best thing.   The Seattle SuperSonics (64–18 during the regular season) hosted the Chicago Bulls…