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In the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals, Larry Bird believed the officials kept giving his Indiana Pacers the short end of the stick against the Chicago Bulls. Bird was singled out by Bulls head coach Phil Jackson as a bad messenger.
During the seven-game slugfest, Bird claimed the Bulls, particularly Michael Jordan, got preferential treatment from referees. Jackson not only refuted this assertion, but he also said that throughout his playing career, Bird profited from whistles often.
During the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals, Larry Bird bemoaned the quantity of foul calls in the Chicago Bulls’ favor.
Larry Bird’s first season as the Indiana Pacers’ head coach was a success. Bird not only brought a godlike aura to the Pacers, but he also guided them to 58 victories, 19 more than the previous season, and was named NBA Coach of the Year for his achievements.
The Pacers cruised through the first two rounds of the playoffs after establishing themselves as contenders throughout the regular season. Indiana only lost two games on their way to the Conference Finals, giving them confidence heading into a battle with Michael Jordan and the Bulls.
When the Pacers lost the first two games of the series, their confidence was shattered. Bird pondered his options.
After Game 2, Larry Legend urged that the umpires give his team a “fair shake.” Scottie Pippen’s defense on Indiana point player Mark Jackson seemed to irritate him the most (h/t Indianapolis Star).
“Do you have any idea what I’d want to see?” I’d want to see Scottie Pippen defend Michael Jordan all the way up the court, like he does Mark Jackson, to see how long he can remain in the game.”
–Larry Bird, via the Indianapolis Star, 1998.
Bird’s players echoed this sentiment. The preponderance of the calls in the first two games, according to both Jackson and Reggie Miller, favored Chicago.
For a short second, Phil Jackson did not believe Bird’s concerns.
Bird’s accusations were met with a response from Phil Jackson, who said that the former Boston Celtics star received all of the calls.
Larry Bird (L) and Phil Jackson (R) | John Mottern/AFP via Getty Images and Craig Jones/Allsport/Getty Images, from left to right
Bird’s moaning was surely dripping with irony for Jackson. After all, in his prime, the Zen Master saw Bird get a lot of whistles.
The Bulls’ head coach scowled at the suggestion that the officials had allowed the team to break the rules in the first two games. He also stated (h/t Chicago Tribune) that Bird’s claims lacked credibility.
“If that came from anybody other than Larry Bird, people may be able to tolerate it a little bit.” But since everyone knows what Larry has gotten in his career, it’s difficult to say, “Hey, Larry, you know precisely what you’ve gotten in your career as a player.” He’s undoubtedly one of the best players when it comes to receiving calls. At this level, he has no right to complain about refereeing.”
–Phil Jackson, via Chicago Tribune, 1998
Jackson also dismissed Bird’s claim that the Pacers couldn’t protect Jordan the way Pippen did Mark Jackson, claiming that Pippen trailed MJ in practice and put him to the ultimate test.
“If [Bird] want to attend my practices, he is welcome to do so. I’ll just charge him a little sum. He is welcome to come in and observe. Scottie is always playing Michael, and I never call a foul on him.”
–Phil Jackson, via Chicago Tribune, 1998
Jordan had a similar perspective, stating that when Bird complains about rough play, he “sounds more like a coach,” according to the Indianapolis Star, adding that he and his former Bulls colleagues mourned all the calls the Hick from French Lick got during his illustrious Celtics tenure.
However, although everyone in Chicago was aiming for plausible deniability, the roles were quickly flipped.
The Bulls quickly voiced their displeasure with the officials.
The Pacers reversed the tide just when it seemed their season was about to fall apart.
Six different players scored in double digits as Indiana won Game 3. Reggie Miller’s game-winning jumper, which involved Reggie slamming MJ in the chest to create space, helped the Pacers tie the series in Game 4.
The Bulls were becoming more enraged. After Game 3, Jordan said that Chicago did not get any calls when driving to the rim. Bird’s words, according to Jackson, were a factor in Pippen drawing two early foul calls.
Both sides found themselves in an attrition battle. After blowing away the Pacers in Game 5, Indiana forced a do-or-die game after winning Game 6 at home.
Chicago finally triumphed against Indiana, proving Jordan’s bold prediction. But it was the officiating debate between Bird, Jackson, and the rest of the team that marked the Bulls’ legendary reign’s most difficult test.
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