Former Houston Rockets sharpshooter Matt Bullard believes the Rockets would have beaten the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls teams if they had played in the NBA Finals.
ESPN’s docu-series The Last Dance was both captivating and entertaining, for a variety of reasons. For one, it came during an NBA hiatus, so it filled a void of sorts, but it also allowed the younger generation of NBA fans an opportunity to see Michael Jordan in action, which was surely his goal when he produced it. The film glossed over the fact that Jordan was afraid of the Houston Rockets, which was a valid concern because of the Bulls’ inability to match up with Hakeem Olajuwon.
As we all know, the Rockets won two consecutive championships from 1993-1995, although many in the basketball world wrongly question the legitimacy of the titles. These people discredit the Rockets’ titles because of Michael Jordan’s abrupt retirement in 1993, although he returned during the 1994-95 season, which has gone largely overlooked.
Not only did Jordan participate in the 1995 playoffs, he averaged 31.5 points per game, which were more than he scored in each of the Bulls next two championship runs. Jordan also made a higher percentage of his shots during the 1995 postseason than he did in each of the Bulls final three championship seasons, as he made 48.4 percent of his shots during the 1995 playoffs.
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