The Utah Jazz can never forget, and will never forgive Michael Jordan.
Long-time Utah Jazz fan and current owner, Ryan Smith, has made it abundantly clear that he will never forgive Michael Jordan for what the best player in league history did to the Jazz. Before hanging up his sneakers for his second of three retirements, Jordan and his Chicago Bulls teammates would square off against the Utah Jazz in back-to-back NBA Finals
For Jordan, it was the last two rings he would claim as his own. For the Jazz, it was the last time that franchise legends Karl Malone and John Stockton would ever get at trying to claim a championship ring.
And Smith, who has watched the Jazz for a long time and even used to sneak into games in his youth, hasn’t forgotten about the misery that Jordan caused, especially in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Championships.
In the game’s closing seconds, Jordan was covered by Bryon Russell, and with the seconds ticking away, Jordan drove into Russell’s left shoulder and seemingly pushed Russell off of him with Jordan’s free hand, allowing for an open shot as Russell stumbled to the court.
The refs didn’t call anything and the shot would end up going down as Jordan’s last with the Bulls. For some in Utah, that moment of Jordan “cheating” has never faded, causing Smith, while speaking to apparent new Jazz superfan Pat McAfee, to reveal the Wi-Fi name at the arena.
Speaking to the famed sports personality, Smith revealed that the Wi-Fi name at the arena where the Utah Jazz play is “Jordan Pushed Off”. Considering the moment was 25 years ago, it seems a bit tongue-in-cheek to name it that, but for some passion and anger hardly ever die.
Still, regardless of when it was named that, it’s hard to argue that it’s not hilarious.