The Utah Jazz do not forget.
The franchise’s lone NBA Finals appearances came in back-to-back seasons and both ended the same, with losses to the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls. The end of the 1997-98 season ended with Jordan’s iconic shot over Bryon Russell, but the franchise has made it clear they are still a bit broken up about it.
Team owner Ryan Smith revealed the organization’s unique Wi-Fi name while talking about his Jazz fandom on Wednesday during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.”
“Yeah, during the ‘Last Dance’ I remember not having quite enough money to get in,” Smith said when McAfee asserted that Smith used to break into the arena to watch games. “… There was a lot of discussion happening between Michael Jordan and the Jazz fans that year, I remember. Whether it was pizza, getting sick or wanting to go to Vegas, whatever it was.
“The Wi-Fi in the building is JordanPushedOff so, I don’t know how …”
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McAfee and the show producers laughed at that remark.
The Jazz’s X account then shared the Wi-Fi name.
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Jordan’s shot over Russell is one of the more iconic shots in NBA history. He addressed the notion that he pushed off of Russell in “The Last Dance” documentary.”
“Everybody says I pushed off … bulls—. His energy was going that way. I didn’t have to push him that way,” he said.
It was also the last time the Bulls made it to the Finals.