With Michael Jordan leading the way, the Chicago Bulls won the NBA championship six out of eight years from 1991 through 1998. The only two years they didn't win it, Jordan was retired for the first and for most of the second.
The Houston Rockets, led by Hakeem Olajuwon, took advantage by winning those two championships, in 1994 and 1995. And because Jordan wasn't in the picture, many have wondered what would have happened if those Rockets met the Bulls in the NBA Finals with Jordan in his prime.
Well, one guy who has an interesting perspective on the matter is Wizards head coach Scott Brooks, who won a ring with the Rockets in 1994. He also played for the 1994-95 team, but was traded midseason.
Brooks joined the Wizards Talk podcast this week and said he thinks the 1994 Rockets still would have won the title.
"[The Bulls] had no answer for [Olajuwon]. It's easy for me to say this now because it's all hypothetical, but I don't think they would have beat us in '94," Brooks said.
"Now, the next year it could have been a different story. But that '94 team, 'Dream' was, it was like destiny. He was locked in. I've never seen a guy up close every fourth quarter, I don't even think he missed a shot, let alone make a mistake. He had both ends just covered."
Brooks also recalled a story from those years involving Jordan and his Rockets teammate Vernon Maxwell talking trash to each other.
"I remember one time they were just going at each other, going at it. You could tell it was getting a little dicey. It was like 'okay, this might be a fight, actually.' They got nose to nose one time," Brooks said.
"[Maxwell] said 'man, I don't care how many blank-blank commercials you're in, I don't care how many Nike commercials, I don't care how many McDonald's commercials; I will blank-blank your butt. I'm not intimidated by all the commercials.' I'm looking at him like 'gosh darn, Vernon, you know you're talking to Jordan, right?' He wasn't afraid."
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