Bob Costas' ultimate 'Last Dance' one-liner ends Michael Jordan Game 6 push-off debate

Cassandra Negley
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The final installments of “The Last Dance” aired Sunday night with Michael Jordan sealing the Chicago Bulls’ sixth title with the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals.

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.

Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan scowls over his shoulder as he is guarded closely by Utah Jazz's Bryon Russell during the first quarter of Game 4 in the NBA Finals on Sunday, June 8, 1997, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
Michael Jordan scowls over his shoulder as he is guarded closely by Utah's Bryon Russell during the 1998 NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)

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.

Jordan closed the documentary insisting the team could have won a seventh championship if the group stayed together. It was still a fitting ending for the GOAT.

[H/T The Big Lead]

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