It was also the final shot of Jordan’s Bulls career, a jumper over the Utah Jazz’s Bryon Russell. Whether Jordan pushed off has been a topic for debate since the 1998 game, but now broadcaster Bob Costas might have given the perfect final word on the matter.
Costas was featured on the final night of the 10-episode series, having called the 1998 playoffs for NBC. He claimed on the series that Jordan didn’t push off, but rather Russell was falling already when Jordan crossed over to his left. As for Jordan’s hand on Russell’s backside:
“That hand on his backside was the equivalent of a maître d' showing someone to their table.”
Right this way, Russell. It’s Jordan and the Bulls’ night.
Jordan also doesn’t think he pushed off. He called it “bulls---” and said that Russell’s momentum was already going the way he fell.
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