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The Jordan Rules by Sam Smith - A SUPER TEAM A SUPERSTAR A SUPER EGO The most gifted athlete ever to play the game, Michael Jordan rose to. The story of Jordan's departure from and return to the Chicago Bulls describes his anguish over his father's death and his attempts to succeed in major league. It's called The Jordan Rules. It was written by Sam Smith in It was a simpler time. We didn't have Woj bombs, but we made do. How to.

The Pistons came as close as 5 points before finally losing the game Jordan finished with 36 points in his highest scoring effort in the series. Tied at and going back to Chicago, things were looking good for the upstart Bulls. Michael never had more than 22 shots in any game and was held to 25 points or less in the last 3 games.

The Pistons won the next 3 games and defeated the Chicago Bulls in the series.

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The playoffs would be the first episode of a long dramatic series between the bitter rivals. And things would only get more interesting the next season. In The Jordan Rules, which chronicles the Chicago Bulls' first championship season, Sam Smith takes the 1 Bull by the horns to reveal the team behind the man Here is the inside game, both on and off the court, including: Jordan's power struggles with management, from verbal attacks on the general manager to tantrums against his coach Behind-the-scenes feuds, as Jordan punches a teammate in practice and refuses to pass the ball in the crucial minutes of big games The players who competed with His Airness for Air Time -- Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, Bill Cartwright -- telling their sides of the story A penetrating look at coach Phil Jackson, the former flower child who blossomed into one of the NBA's top motivators and who finally found a way to coax "Michael and the Jordanaires" to the their first title A provocative eyewitness account, The Jordan Rules delivers all the nonstop excitement, tension, and thrills of a championship season -- and an intense, fascinating portrait of the incomparable Michael Jordan.

Chapter One: Spring Michael Jordan surveyed his crew and got that sinking feeling. It was just before A. The city of was awash in spring -- all two hours of it, as the old-time residents like to say -- but Jordan wasn't feeling very sunny.

He didn't even feel like playing golf, which friends would say meant he was near death. The Bulls had gathered for practice at the Deerfield Multiplex, a tony health club about thirty-five miles north of Chicago, to try to get themselves back into the series.

Jordan's back hurt, as did his hip, shoulder, wrist, and thigh, thanks to a two-on-one body slam in Game 1 courtesy of Dennis Rodman and John Salley. But his back didn't hurt nearly as much as his pride or his competitiveness, for the Bulls were being soundly whipped by the Pistons, and Jordan was growing desperately angry and frustrated.

And the rookies were together, as usual.

They've got no idea what it's all about. The white guys [John Paxson and Ed Nealy], they work hard, but they don't have the talent.

And the rest of them? Who knows what to expect?

They're not good for much of anything. The weight of the entire team was on his tired shoulders. The Pistons had taken the first two games by and , and Detroit's defense had put the Bulls' fast break in neutral: The Bulls had failed to shoot better than 41 percent in either game.

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Jordan himself had averaged only 27 points, stubbornly going 17 for No team defensed Jordan better than the Pistons, yet he refused to admit that they gave him a hard time, so he played into their hands by attacking the basket right where their collapsing defensive schemes were expecting him.

The coaches would look on in exasperation as Jordan drove toward the basket -- "the citadel," assistant coach John Bach liked to call it -- like a lone infantryman attacking a fortified bunker. Too often there was no escape.

Although Detroit's so-called Jordan rules of defense were effective, the Bulls coaches also believed the Pistons had succeeded in pulling a great psychological scam on the referees.

It had been a two-part plan.

The first step was a series of selectively edited tapes, sent to the league a few years earlier, which purported to show bad fouls being called on defenders despite little contact with Jordan. The Pistons said they weren't even being allowed to defense him. The Pistons advertised their "Jordan rules" as some secret defense that only they could deploy to stop Jordan. These secrets were merely a series of funneling defenses that channeled Jordan toward the crowded middle, but Detroit players and coaches talked about them as if they had been devised by the Pentagon.

At halftime of Game 2, with the Bulls trailing , Jordan walked into the quiet locker room, kicked over a chair, and yelled, "We're playing like a bunch of pussies!

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He continued his silence -- other than a few sharp postgame statements -- for the next week. He would not comment on his teammates. Jordan had really believed that the Bulls could defeat Detroit this time.

Of course, there was no evidence to suggest it could happen, since the Pistons had knocked the Bulls out of the playoffs the previous two seasons and had taken fourteen of the last seventeen regular-season games between them.

But hadn't there been similar odds in when the Bulls had faced Cleveland in the playoffs? The Cavaliers had won fifty-seven games that season to the Bulls' forty-seven, and they were against the Bulls, even winning the last game of the regular season despite resting their starters while the Bulls played theirs. The Bulls' chances were as bleak as Chicago in February. Jordan promised that the Bulls would win the Cleveland series anyway. Playing point guard, Jordan averaged And with time expiring in Game 5, he hit a hanging jumper to give the Bulls a 1-point victory.

The moment became known in Chicago sports history as "the shot," ranking with Jordan's other "shot" in the NCAA tournament, a twenty-foot jumper that gave North Carolina a last-second victory over Georgetown.

It also sent the Cavaliers plummeting; over the next two seasons, they would not defeat the Bulls once.

The playoffs had become Jordan's stage. His play transcended the game. It was a sweet melody received with a grand ovation. Others jumped as high and almost everyone slammed the ball, but Jordan did it with a style and a smile and a flash and a wink, and he did it best in the postseason. He's the greatest competitor I've ever seen and then he goes to still another level in the big games.

And like Shakespeare, he was the best even though everyone said so.

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In just his second season in the league, after missing sixty-four games with a broken foot, Jordan demanded to return to the court despite warnings by doctors that he might exacerbate the injury to his foot. The Bulls, and even Jordan's advisers, said he should sit out the rest of the season.

Jordan angrily accused the team of not wanting to make the playoffs so it could get a better draft pick. He was reluctantly allowed to return with only fifteen games remaining in the regular schedule.

Jordan had become perhaps the greatest scorer in the game's history. He would never equal Wilt Chamberlain's point game or his hundred-plus point games, but by the end of season, Jordan had become the all-time NBA scoring average leader in the regular season, the playoffs, and the All-Star game.

And he'd won his fifth straight scoring title, putting him behind only Chamberlain's seven. And now, facing the Pistons in , he was coming off a series against the 76ers in the second round of the playoffs that was unbelievable even by his own amazing standards. The Bulls won in five games as Jordan averaged 43 points, 7.

He shot nearly 55 percent in He drove and he dunked.

He posted up and buried jumpers. He blocked shots and defended everyone from Charles Barkley to Johnny Dawkins. And then the Bulls, storming and snorting, headed for Detroit to take on the Pistons. The two teams hailed from hard-edged, blue-collar towns, Chicago with its broad shoulders and meat-packing history, Detroit with its recession-prone auto industry. For some reason, though, Detroit's sports teams seemed to have a perpetual edge over Chicago's.

In the Cubs finally won a piece of a baseball tide, but it was the Detroit Tigers who won the World Series, just as they had in , the year of the Cubs' last World Series appearance. And now there were the Pistons. Detroit had made a habit of beating Chicago. It was a habit Michael Jordan was determined to break.

But no matter how hard he tried against the Pistons, he couldn't beat these guys.

In earlier seasons, Jordan had some of his biggest scoring games against the Pistons: a point mosaic in an overtime win in March , an Easter Sunday mural on national TV in in which he'd scored 59 points. And Jordan was an artist, the ninety-four-by-fifty-foot basketball court being the canvas for his originals, signed with a flashing smile, a hanging tongue, and a powerful, twisting slam.

Pistons coach Chuck Daly, a man who appreciated the arts, was not particularly enamored of Jordan's work, and after the game the Pistons instituted "the Jordan rules" and the campaign to allow what the Bulls believed was legalized assault on Michael Jordan. The Pistons had two of the league's best man-to-man defenders, Joe Dumars and Dennis Rodman, to carry out those assignments.

Jordan grudgingly respected Dumars, with whom he'd become somewhat friendly at the All-Star game; Dumars was quiet and resolute, a gentlemanly professional. But Jordan didn't care much for Rodman's play. That's not good defense. But Jordan's frustration against the Pistons was much larger than his dislike for Rodman, his team's lack of success against Detroit, or even his failure to score effectively since that Easter Sunday game.

Detroit simply beat up Jordan, battering him through picks and screens whenever he tried to move. For Jordan, it was like trying to navigate a minefield of bullies. First he'd take a forearm shiver from Dumars when he tried to get past, then perhaps a bump from Bill Laimbeer and a bang from Rodman or Isiah Thomas. The Bulls were so concerned about some of these tactics a few years ago that they focused a camera on Laimbeer throughout the playoffs to see what he was doing and found that he was grabbing players at their pressure points to deaden their arms.

They complained to the league but got no action. And while Thomas is not considered a good defender because he doesn't like to play a helping game, whenever the Bulls play Detroit he is quick to double-team Jordan.

He knows Jordan despises him and doesn't care much for Jordan being the hero in Chicago, Isiah's hometown.

It's an attempt to allow people to look behind those closed curtains of sport. And find what? Human beings with everyday emotions trying to do their highly visible jobs as well as they can and confront the obstacles of their relationships and their very lucrative, very public profession.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. January 26, , New York Times , January 26, Retrieved on September 28, June 8, , p. Michael Jordan. James R. Jordan Sr.Answer 8: Details if other: The Bulls had begun to ignore Laimbeer, and he scored 16 points while Pippen labored through a 5-for game.

Answer 2: He was having a rough time of things as late and his lack of playing time further exacerbated his awful personal problems. This was all Jordan had asked for, a chance. Number of pages