Whether Michael Jordan pushed off Bryon Russell on his game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals is one of the most classic debates in sports history.
So, did you push off, Michael?
“Everybody says I pushed off — bulls**t,” Jordan said in Episode 10 of ESPN’s “The Last Dance.” “His energy was going that way I didn’t have to push him that way.”
“Russell was already stumbling away,” sportscaster Bob Costas said. “That hand on his backside was the equivalent of maître d' showing someone to their table.”
Push off or no push off, Jordan drilled the jumper to all but secure championship No. 6. Anyone saying otherwise can save their debate for the barstool.