Kenny Smith Says The Rockets Would’ve Beaten The 1994 Bulls ‘Easily,’ Even With Jordan (VIDEO)
That unknown question that will never be known is would the Chicago Bulls have won eight straight NBA titles if Michael Jordan hadn’t retired that first time.
Kenny Smith says absolutely not.
The TNT Inside The NBA analyst and former Houston Rockets guard recently told Scoop B Radio that his 1994 Championship winning squad would’ve beaten the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals even if Michael Jordan was on the team.
“Oh we would’ve beat them,” Smith said (h/t Oliver Maroney of Uproxx). “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.”
“Even if a good, healthy Michael takes them to seven and maybe wins we would’ve beat the Bulls without a question, they didn’t match up well with us and during those years that they were actually winning championships, which wasn’t the playoffs. We were 8-2 against them during those years. We matched up well with them. We wouldn’t have been scared I tell you that much.”
Smith isn’t the only one on that 1994 squad that believes they would’ve crushed the Bulls that year.
“Google the times we played them,” Vernon Maxwell said in March 2015, per Matt Moore of CBS Sports. “They couldn’t beat us. (The Rockets) couldn’t get past Seattle (in 1996), but if we had, we would have knocked off Chicago. They couldn’t match up with us. One time, just one time, I wish I could have gotten a seven-game series with them. I wanted that.”