Yes, I remember jumping up and down in euphoria like it was yesterday. That dunk closed the game. No one expected it. And in Knicks fans eyes it even secured the series as the Knicks went up 2-0 WITH homecourt advantage. Of course they dropped the next 2 in Chi and returned to NY to kick the Bull’s ass everywhere but the scoreboard. I distinctly remeber that they missed 15 free throws as I writhed in pain 15 times. But no one remembers that. Everyone remebers game 5 as “The Charles Smith Game” where he couldn’t convert the dunk despite 67 attempts. Sure Pippen fouled him, but fans weren’t even mad about that. It was just confirmation of the worst possible crime for a NY Knicks player: being “soft”.
PS: no one should bring up the Baron davis dunk as a competitor. While davis’s dunk was spectacular as they come, the game was already in hand even if he missed it…
I’d co-sign the Dr. J too, but that series was over before it began. The Lakers played without Worthy and McAdoo and lost Nixon, as well. The Lakers competed through 3 quarters in every game and wilted because they had no bench.
The dunk was nice and historic – but not decisive.
I’m inclined to agree with GN and Origin. I don’t want to agree – but that dunk typified the Knicks inability to hurdle Mt. Mike. Moreover, many of Jordan’s best highlights against the Pistons were below the rim. In addition, the Bulls never had an elite, recurring Finals rival. In many respects, the greatest series of Mike’s career were against the Knicks – and that’s the dunk.
Good job GN.
* I happen to really like Robert Pack’s dunk on Shawn Kemp – but I can’t remember the context.
** I wouldn’t disregard Baron Davis’ dunk over AK47. Just because the game was over doesn’t make it meaningless. Dunks are always symbolic when we remember them. 8th seed over a #1 – is always big when it happens.
Temple 3 – That dunk over Cooper was in the regular season. Now if Cheeks had passed the ball to Doc who was running alongside him in Game 4, that would be a storybook end to the good Doctor getting his ring.
OK, this one wasn’t particularly meaningful, but I still remember it 8 years later: B Diddy as a rookie on a breakaway hammering it down on KG on a breakaway. I have a hard time arguing with that Starks dunk…left-handed against a couple guys. It was hecka impressive. But the Dr. J one….I mean, if there was only one dunk ever…if you were trying to explain the idea of a dunk to someone who didn’t know what basketball was….you couldn’t do much better than that against legendary defensive stopper Coooooooooooop (also my last name).
Starks was just nasty and the spin when he came down made it poetic, but I gotta go with Julius. He was the standard for me for pretty much anything growing up. I should have asked Mo when they honored Doc why he didn’t give up the rock on that final breakaway. It was good to see Mo throw one down though. I’ll definitely ask Mo the next time I get in there. It’s a question that’s always been on my mind.
Jordan and Pippen over Ewing…both were the definition of sit yo ass down mu…!
First of all the starks dunk should not even be listed. He dunked on Grant and thats it. Pippen isnt even in the picture and Jordan is a good 5 feet away . I would consider that the most hyped up, over exaggerated dunk of all time. But best dunk doest to Dr. J and rocking the cradle