1991 NBA Finals: Vlade Divac and his two rejections on Michael Jordan

1991 NBA Finals: Vlade Divac and his two rejections on Michael Jordan

On June 2, 1991, the NBA Finals between Bulls and Lakers started. Vlade Divac had debuted in the NBA Finals, but he was among the best players of his Lakers. Divac led them to the break-in Chicago. He scored 16 points and had 14 rebounds, but the game was marked by two rejections on Michael Jordan, the first of which was particularly spectacular. The guests from Los Angeles played quite well against the favorite Bulls, they were in a gentle run in the middle of the third quarter, while Bulls mostly balled into the hands of Michael Jordan, who ended almost all of the Chicago actions.

The same case was in just over 4 minutes by the end of the third quarter, Jordan got the ball on the top of the racket and started to penetrate to the right. He found himself in a rather difficult position, but it did not prevent him from sending a shot to the basket, which might have gone through the hoop, but he did not expect the Divac from another plan, who stopped him with the spectacular rejection. It was one of the finest moves of the first Finals game and something that many basketball players dreamed of because stopping one of the greatest in basketball history with the spectacular block does not happen every day. Divac did not stop there. In the middle of the last period, it was a quite similar action, Jordan again played against Lakers defenders, easily passing through Scott and then flew James Worthy to the position from which an easy layup was expected; Divac was again there. Although this rejection was not as spectacular as the previous one, it completed his brilliant game that evening, which led Lakers to an unexpected triumph in Chicago at the start of the NBA Finals series.

However, Bulls led by Jordan played too good in the remaining duels, they won the next four games and came to their first championship ring. Divac played great during the whole series, he was one of the best Lakers players, but his only appearance in the NBA Finals was marked by the first game of the series and his two rejections on the best basketball player who ever played the game of basketball.