some random memories about the nba from the mid 90's
Just wanted to mention some random stuff about the nba from when I first started watching in the early to mid 90's. This all just off the top of my head, so if any of it's inaccurate I appologize.
-the all-star weekend used to have a "legends game" where old retired players played the day before the all-star game. It was kind of sad to watch old men looking more concerned with pulling a hamstring then making the back door cut. It was later scrapped for the "rookie game" in 1994. It was not very organized, the two coaches went on tv and flipped a coin for 1st pick among rookies and then they argued about how they should pick out of order and stuff. It was like an mtv celebrity game. It later became east vs west rookies and then rookies vs sophomores.
-in an attempt to increase scoring, the nba shortened the 3 point line I believe in 1995. It didn't help as the shorter distance only caused more overcrowding the paint since there was less spacing and now more players (cedric ceballos) decided they were 3 point threats and started letting them fly.
-After the 1995 finals match up of Orlando vs Houston, the nba announced the first ever PPV one on one challenge that summer. The main event was gonna be Shaq vs Olajuwon with Garnett vs Joe Smith and Nick Van Exel vs Kenny ANdersen as the warm up games. But Olajuwon pulled out with a injury and while they thought of replacing him with Alonzo Mourning, they eventually scrapped the whole event. Imagine them doing that now?
- Long before guys like Darko MIlicic, Shawn Bradley was the number 2 pick by Philidelphia ahead of such names as Penny Hardaway. He was 7-6 and hadn't played a college game in 2 years while he was away on a mormon mission. But did I mention he was 7-6?!?! He has starred in many famous posters in the years since.
-in one of the craziest last second memories I've seen, Denver trailed the utah jazz by 9 with about 30 seconds remaing. Rodney Rodgers of Denver then proceeded to score 9 points in 8 seconds for denver to tie the game. He hit a 3, then denver stole the inbounds pass and ROdney hit another 3 then Denver stole the inbounds pass and Rodney hit another 3 to tie it. No timeouts or stoppages, in the blink of an eye it was like "what just happened" throughout the arena. Utah then called a TO to regroup and they hit a shot to win it and remain from completley embarassing themesleves.
-After the 1993 Finals, Michael Jordan walked away from the game of basketball citing a lack of hunger to prove himself anymore. The Bulls were expected to fall drastically in the standings with Pete Myers taking Jordan's spot in the starting lineup and Toni Kukoc being the only significant addition. But they actually played well led by Scottie Pippen and won 55 games and were considered serious contenders to win the east in the playoffs. But in the second round with one of the games on the line in the final seconds, Phil Jackson drew up a play for Kukoc to take the final shot. Pippen was pissed and said he was not walking on the court if the shot wasn't for him. So he sat and captain Bill Cartwright chewed him out on the bench while Kukoc hit the game winner.
Feel free to add your own.
I remember that bulls team they were pretty good even without jordan and they had a chance to get back to the finals if not for that phantom foul call in the final seconds of game I think it was 5 where the ref said that pippen had fouled Hupert Davis on a 3 back then a foul on a 3 was still only 2 freethrows either way the game was over davis was like a 90 percent freethrow shooter he hit both freethrows and the knicks stole that game.
yes, I remember that play myself. Bad call for sure.