The year was 1984, early November. The Chicago Bulls were in New York City to take on the New York Knicks. It was Michael Jordan’s first regular season game at 33rd and 8th. He was a rookie out of North Carolina.
I too was in the house that night.
Jordan went off for 33 points.
Kevin Loughery was the coach of the Bulls, he was my favorite coach in the league. Chicago had Orlando Woolridge, Sid Green, Wes Matthews, Q.Dailey and Jawaan Oldham. What a crew!
Hubie Brown coached the Knicks. Bernard King was their guy. It was a fun night.
Happy birthday MJ.
“For me, just play hard; that’s how I play.”
“They play the right way and they play hard and to me, they’re the best half-court pace team we’ve seen in a while, with how hard they cut, how they move.”
“Toughness is a conscious decision to play with force, to have great will, to play with physicality within the rules. Set solid screens. Fight for loose balls. Fight over screens. Toughness is important.”
Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen following Chicago’s 56-point loss to the Boston Celtics.
“The pro player thing? This is basketball. This is about honoring the game and doing the right things. Embarrassment is not giving the effort in that Bulls uniform.”
Denzel Valentine, an alum of Lansing Sexton High School has been hurt – hasn’t played yet this season.
“I’m a fighter. I’m not going to quit; just deal with the hand dealt. I can’t sit here & be negative. I’ve just got to fight, stay mentally strong & this will be bitter sweet when I come back & have a great year.”
Denzel Valentine of the Chicago Bulls on his response when asked about his limited playing time. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-denzel-valentine-bulls-spt-0430-20170429-story.html
“You have to come to work & handle things professionally. I can’t come into work mad or lash out. That’s nonsense.”