January 15, 1974 – NBA Commissioner Walter Kennedy took the day of the All-Star game in Seattle to announce the 1 week suspension and $2,000 fine of Bulls coach Dick Motta. The punishment followed an incident toward the end of the Bulls’ January 4th loss in Seattle, but according to the commissioner, the harsh penalty resulted from years of rule violations. As one NBA executive said, “Walter’s been waiting years to get Motta, I think he can retire happy now.” How did Dick Motta respond to becoming the first coach in NBA history to be suspended? “I did something, he slapped my wrist: I’m not going to cry about it.”
“Following the Chicago and Seattle game on Jan. 4, 1974, Coach Motta and his team did not go directly to their dressing room at the termination of the game, in violation of Association regulations; Coach Motta interfered with the progress of the game officials to their dressing room; Motta and his players kicked the 24-second shot clock and other articles of Coliseum equipment, one of which struck a policeman; Coach Motta placed his hand on the person of one of the game officials, not once but at least twice. Coach Motta used obscene language in the presence of the public.” –NBA Commissioner Walter Kennedy on the suspension of Dick Motta
January 16, 1990 – Michael Jordan hit “The Shot” against Cleveland in 1989, but Trent Tucker hit “That Shot,” against the Bulls in 1990. The Bulls and Knicks were tied at 106 with .1 remaining when Trent Tucker took an inbounds pass from Mark Jackson and hit a 3-pointer that gave New York the victory. The Bulls immediately called the shot impossible and filed a protest with the league. With the the burden of proof on Chicago (against the infallible judgement of the referees) the Bulls argued that a miscommunication between the official and the time keeper prevented the clock from starting as soon as Tucker touched the ball. Nevertheless, the Bulls lost the protest but the fiasco brought about the implementation of the “Trent Tucker Rule” that disallows any catch and shoot on an inbounds play with .3 or less. The NBA had finally determined how long it took a player to shoot.
January 18, 1990 – The Bulls led the Golden State Warriors by as many as 40 points in the 4th quarter and went on to defeat them 132-107. Michael Jordan finished the game with 44 points, 11 rebounds, and a career high 7 3-pointers in just 3 quarters of play.
January 16, 1993 – Michael Jordan scored 64 points on 27 for 49 shooting but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Orlando Magic who spoiled the show with a 128-124 victory in overtime. Jordan’s 49 shots is his career high FG attempts for a single game and the 64 points is the 2nd highest single game total of his career.
January 14, 1994 – Bob Love’s #10 Jersey went to the rafters in Chicago Stadium before a game against the Utah Jazz. Love played in Chicago from 1968-1977 during which time he led the Bulls in scoring 7 straight seasons, appeared in 3 All-Star games, and earned All-NBA honors. “This is the greatest night of my life,” Love said as former teammates looked on, “to all the fans, I love each and every one of you.” In 1994 Bob Love became the second Bulls player to have his jersey retired, behind Jerry Sloan who received the honor in 1978.
January 15, 1997 – The Bulls beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-102 but the victory was overshadowed by Dennis Rodman’s kick of Eugene Amos, a courtside cameraman. The incident took place in the 3rd quarter after Rodman fell out of bounds trying to secure a rebound. Though no criminal charges were filed, the league suspended Rodman 11 games, fined him $25,000 and required him to see a NBA appointed counselor during his suspension to determine his ability to return to the court. The suspension was without pay and that, combined with other behavior incentives in his 1 year contract with the Bulls, cost Rodman an estimated $1 million. He also ended up paying Amos a $20,000 settlement, which made this a costly slip up for “The Worm.”
(the kick comes at about 2:30)
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