One of the most memorable images we have of the great Michael Jordan is the Chicago Bulls legend lying on the floor embracing the game ball after they had just won the NBA title in 1996. This was extra special for MJ, being that this was his first championship following the murder of his father some three years earlier. As it turns out, though, we almost missed out on witnessing this truly emotional moment thanks to former Bulls point guard Randy Brown.
Brown recently did a phone interview with Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic, and the three-time NBA champ described the exact moment he and Jordan literally wrestled for the game ball following their title-winning Game 6 victory against the Seattle SuperSonics.
“A lot of people aren’t aware that Michael took me under his wing and constantly told me he’d get me my first championship at home in Chicago,” Brown said. “He loved the fact that I wasn’t as talented as he was but I was just as competitive. That’s why he and I wrestled for that Finals game ball. Being competitive at all costs.”
Brown eventually gave up the ball once it became clear to him what was at stake for Jordan here.
“I came to my senses and realized the game was played on Father’s Day and M.J. deserves to have that moment,” Brown said. “I always was and always will be a team player.”
That was undeniably one of, if not the most emotional we've ever seen Jordan. We need to give credit to Brown for succumbing to to the Bulls legend, and letting him enjoy that moment.