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Chicago Bulls (6x NBA Champions)

Discussion in 'Professional Basketball' started by HabaneroBuck, Feb 23, 2005.

  1. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member Former Premier League Champ

    A true expose that touched on the entire career, ups, downs, perceptions, political maneuvering, crash and burn, and comeback of Tiger Woods could...could...approach that, if everything was on the table. Beyond that...I can’t think of many. Ali‘s full story maybe. Or Jackie Robinson.
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  2. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member Former Premier League Champ

    Tyson is a good one, I read his book...dude is fucking fascinating.
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  3. OHSportsFan

    OHSportsFan Fan of Ohio Sports in Indy

    90’s Cowboys doc would have my attention on the football side.
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  4. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    In Bill Curtis voice: Huge & great OL, huge and not so great owners ego, guns, chicks, fire trucks, cocaine, Nate Newton's minivan full of weed and steroids.

    The End.
    Last edited: May 18, 2020
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  5. Mike80

    Mike80 Kevin Warren is a fuckwit

    Don't forget Nate Newton and his minivan full of weed.
  6. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

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  7. Mike80

    Mike80 Kevin Warren is a fuckwit

  8. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    woah. did the MJ doc kill him?
  9. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Former Ohio State players saw Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls from the inside

    Like much of the sports world, Dennis Hopson watched every episode of “The Last Dance.”

    With the NBA and all other sports across the world at a standstill, ESPN’s 10-part documentary on Michael Jordan’s pursuit of a sixth NBA championship with the Chicago Bulls proved to be a must-watch binge of basketball nostalgia.

    “I think it’s been pretty good,” Hopson, now the head coach at Lourdes College in northwest Ohio, told The Dispatch. “I think there were some things said about other players that I don’t think should’ve been said.

    “They show Michael doing X, Y and Z, but they don’t show the other guys doing X, Y and Z back to Michael.”

    The documentary, which primarily focuses on Jordan while telling the story of the final season of the Bulls dynasty, details Jordan’s competitive nature and seemingly eternal quest to gain an edge on his competitors or teammates.

    It wasn’t always kind — his continual ribbing of teammate Scott Burrell stands out, as does the time he traded blows with Steve Kerr — but Jordan and others acknowledged that his attitude helped him climb to the top of the sport.

    Another former Buckeyes player who had an up-close view of Jordan’s skills and ethic was Brad Sellers, who spent three pre-championship seasons with the Bulls but was traded after the 1988-89 season.

    And like most, Hopson enjoyed what he saw. But having lived it as a member of the first Bulls team to win a title, Ohio State’s all-time leading scorer said he would’ve liked to have seen a little bit more.

    Now the mayor of Warrensville Heights, a Cleveland suburb, Sellers averaged 17.8 points per game in two seasons with the Buckeyes, then was the No. 9 overall pick in the 1986 NBA draft. That was to the chagrin of Jordan, who wanted the Bulls to select Duke guard Johnny Dawkins, who like Jordan played in the Atlantic Coast Conference and with whom he shared an agent.

    But while Jordan might not have wanted Sellers on the roster, general manager Jerry Krause had a vision.

    “He says to me, ‘Listen, I drafted you because this game is about to change. You’re going to be the prototypical small forward in this league. You’re going to be the first 7-foot small forward in this league,’” Sellers said. “Which is crazy, right? Now here’s a guy (Krause) who they maligned (in the documentary). Here’s his vision in ’86, saying this thing is about to change.”

    Sellers would not be around for the title that Hopson, his roommate at Ohio State, helped bring home to Chicago.

    Hopson shared that season with another former Buckeye, assistant coach Jim Cleamons, a Linden product who played at OSU from 1969-71 and then was an assistant coach for the Buckeyes from 1983-87. Now living back in Columbus, Cleamons joined the professional ranks in 1989 and would spend his first seven years working under Bulls coach Phil Jackson.

    He was responsible for the team’s perimeter players.

    ″(Jordan), when he got there, he was known as a scoring guy, but could he win?” Cleamons said. “He had to take his scoring ability and give up a little bit of scoring to win some games, and once he saw that was working, that was a nice formula.

    “You didn’t have to tell him anything else because winning is what it’s all about. Every offseason, he came back with something else in his package. That’s the brilliance of him as an athlete.”

    Upon his arrival for the 1990-91 season, Hopson said he had to adjust to a new locker-room mentality after three seasons with the New Jersey Nets that saw them post a record of 62-184. It helped that he was already familiar with Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant, having been part of the same draft class.

    He also had to adapt to the reality that it was Jordan’s show, not his.

    “They had a goal there, man, and that was to win an NBA championship, and they were very, very focused on getting that done,” Hopson said. “I knew that going to Chicago was going to stunt my growth as a player because ... no matter what, Mike was going to play. No matter if I went in and knocked down 10 jump shots in a row or missed 10 jump shots in a row, Michael was going to play.”

    Hopson and Sellers said the documentary has rekindled relationships with their former teammates. Hopson had former Bulls guard B.J. Armstrong speak to his team via a Zoom call last Monday, and Sellers said he’s reconnected with Gene Banks, who was in his final NBA season when Sellers was a rookie.

    None of the former Buckeyes is quoted in the documentary, but Sellers’ place in history is immortalized. It was the future mayor who threw the inbounds pass to Jordan when he hit his iconic jumper over the outstretched arms of Craig Ehlo to eliminate the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the 1989 Eastern Conference playoffs.

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