Last month, TNT Inside The NBA analyst and former NBA player Kenny Smith told Scoop B Radio that his 1994 Houston Rockets would have beaten the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals even if Michael Jordan hadn’t retired.
“Oh we would’ve beat them,” Smith said. “And actually everyone forgets he was playing the second year, he was wearing No. 45 and the team they lost to, the Orlando Magic, we swept them,” Smith said. “We were that much better than them that year, [and] they lost to them.”
Well, Smith isn’t the only person that feels that way.
Insert Smith’s former Rockets teammate Clyde Drexler. After a successful career that included one NBA Finals appearance with the Portland Trail Blazers, Drexler went on to team with Hakeem Olajuwon, Robert Horry, Sam Cassell and Rudy Tomjanovich and won a championship with the Houston Rockets in 1995.
“We would’ve beat them like they stole something,” Clyde Drexler told Brandon Scoop B Robinson Radio.
“The thing is, think about it, the team that beat them with Michael, was the Orlando Magic, and we swept the magic. But I love Michael, tell him I love him, tell him I said hello.”
After Houston’s two-peat in the 90s, Chicago would win three straight titles from 1996 to 1998.