Sports. The Utah Jazz will be the 1999 NBA Champions!
After Michael Jordan retired from winning his sixth championship and completing his second three-peat in a scenario that only movie scripts are made of I figured Karl Malone, John Stockton and the Jerry Sloane led Utah Jazz were finally going to get their turn to hold the Larry O’ Brien trophy and get their long awaited ring, it only made sense (I would have made a comfortable bet from the beginning of the season about it if I had money for it back then). I was already following the Spurs a bit more since Tim Duncan had joined the team two seasons before that and they were doing better but I was still thinking about the Jazz hungry to get theirs after all these years being denied. I was reluctantly preparing myself to to accept that San Antonio would lose against them… and they end up losing to the Portland Trailblazers?! (Scottie Pippen had joined them but still, WFT?). From this point it was really possible for Spurs to win it all. Meanwhile in the Eastern Conference the New-York Knicks came back from the bottom of the bracket to beat the no.1 Miami Heat and make it all the way to the NBA Finals. It was a hungry team with Ewing, Sprewell, Camby, Houston, Larry Johnson, Childs, etc. and the Big Apple was justifiably excited to believe that they were about to win their third Championship but the Spurs had a chance to get their first championship and they would beat the Knicks at the Madison Square Garden after five games. David Robinson finally had his championship as he was towards the end of his career while Greg Popovich would earn his first title as a coach and Tim Duncan would get the Finals MVP award. Today marks the 20th anniversary of the first of five championships the franchise would win over the years all while becoming one of the most successful and consistent franchise in sports’ history. Time flew by since but it still feels like it wasn’t too long ago since I was watching it on a small tv screen in the kitchen as high school ended only a few da . #sports #basketball #nba #SanAntonio #Spurs