Jordan: If Jackson Leaves My Days as a Bull May Be Over

By McGraw, Mike | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), June 4, 1996 | Go to article overview

Jordan: If Jackson Leaves My Days as a Bull May Be Over


McGraw, Mike, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Mike McGraw Daily Herald Sports Writer

It could be all or nothing for the Bulls after this season.

Michael Jordan is an unrestricted free agent and coach Phil Jackson has reached the end of his contract.

On Monday, as the Bulls prepared to face Seattle in the NBA Finals, Jordan expressed a horrifying thought for Chicago basketball fans.

If Jackson leaves to coach a new team, the NBA's all-time franchise player might follow.

"I would seriously consider it," Jordan said after Monday's practice at the United Center.

"Especially if they're close enough to win a championship. If they're rebuilding, no. But I'd totally evaluate it."

Jackson seemed honored when told of Jordan's sentiments.

"I don't know of any professional player that's ever said that in public," Jackson said. "That's a strong statement."

Perhaps Jordan is just helping his coach build some leverage with Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf.

However, the NBA's Most Valuable Player did detail the reasons why he's not interested in starting a new relationship with a different coach.

"When you look at someone who has had an impact on your life," Jordan said, "in the way that you've been able to go out and play the game of basketball. He can take some of that weight away, from the pressures we deal with in eight months of being together.

"You have a trust with that individual. Between he and I, we've built a trust over six years and we've experienced a lot. …

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