Originally Posted by Rocky Rode
Well, Scottie Pippin lead that same team to the Semi Finals without Jordan. MJ comes back and guess what? They get to the Semi Finals. Same result. If Jordan hadn't retired for a year and a half and if they got past the Magic they still don't win a title. Hakeem and the Rockets had Jordan's number. The Bulls always played like crap against the Rockets.
I never said it was a joke.I just said it was easier to play defense back then. Which is a fact. The hand check rule makes it harder to play defense. Playing defense in the 90's was easier then in the modern era.
yeah Scottie Pippen lead that same team without Jordan, but did you realize that only Jordan has left that roster? it IS still the championship team, only without MJ...Grant, Paxson, Cartwright, BJ even the coaching staff, they're still the core team that won 3 straight titles, you expect them just to get canned in 1st round just because MJ wasn't around?
so what if Bulls lost or played crap against Rockets? they never get to meet in playoffs unless they met in Finals so it doesn't hold water to your argument that Rockets had MJ's number...Bulls have waited for them in '97 but i guess they were not that tough enough get past Utah Grandpas