Winning six NBA Championships in a span of eight years is no easy feat. In fact, such dominance doesn’t come without a number of tough, challenging ordeals.
In a chat with ESPN’s Zach Lowe, former Bull Steve Kerr revealed the scariest game he ever played with the Bulls during their second three-peat run: game seven against the Indiana Pacers in the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals.
“That was the scariest game we ever faced,” Kerr told ESPN’s Zach Lowe.
Before the game, Kerr detailed the feeling in the locker room.
“He said the important thing is to not fear losing,” said Kerr. “Embrace the idea you could lose. Face that. But before he could get started, Michael just said, ‘F— that, Phil. We’re not losing.’ We put our hands in the middle, said ‘1-2-3, Bulls!’ and went home.”
“We were proud,” said former Bulls coach Phil Jackson. “And almost pleased. Almost like you might imagine Joe Frazier feeling as they announced Muhammad Ali the winner. Until the buzzer went off, we never thought we were going to lose.”
To go seven games against the Bulls at their peak is quite an accomplishment. And although they lost, their play in that series says a lot about how good they were — and with a roster composed of some All-Time greats like Al Harrington, Reggie Miller, Chris Smits, and Mark Jackson, how could they not be?
Of course, in the end, it wasn’t enough. MJ just wouldn’t allow his team to lose and the Bulls would go on to win their sixth Championship.