B.J. Armstrong makes surprising choice for most important game in franchise history
B.J. Armstrong chose a peculiar game as the most important in Chicago Bulls franchise history. It was a loss of all games, one that came at a pivotal point for him and his teammates.
“If there was any moment in my career, in our career as a group, as a team, as an organization — the 1990 Eastern Conference Finals, Game 7 — that was our moment of truth,” said Armstrong. “That was the moment where we were gonna do it or we were gonna go home and cry about could’ve, would’ve, should’ve.
If there’s any game in my life that I remember, I remember Game 7 because that was the moment that all of us made a dedication to one another, we made a commitment to how we were gonna play, who we were gonna become. That was our moment of truth.”
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Game 7 of the 1990 Eastern Conference Finals is known as The Scottie Migraine Game, as Scottie Pippen was blinded by a painful migraine, unable to play the type of basketball the Bulls needed him to play.
The Bulls would go on to lose that Game 7 to the Detroit Pistons — a painful loss, considering they were right at the doorstep of the NBA Finals and minutes away from beating their fierce rivals.
Yet Michael Jordan and company decided to get in the weight room right away and spend their summer dedicating to taking a step forward. While it might not be as pleasant as Jordan’s shot over Craig Ehlo or The Last Shot over Bryon Russell, that moment was pivotal for the franchise, changing a culture of losing into one of relentless winning and ultimate glory.