VIDEO: Scottie Pippen's Iconic Dunk Over Patrick Ewing Happened 26 Years Ago Today
By Jerry Trotta
The New York Knicks were a powerhouse during the 1990s, but, like most teams, they couldn't leap over the juggernaut that was the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls. Perhaps none of New York's valiant, but ineffective efforts to supplant Chicago can be summed up better than Scottie Pippen's thunderous poster dunk over Patrick Ewing in Game 6 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals, which happened on this date 26 years ago.
Pippen pushing Ewing out of his way as he stumbled to the ground and proceeding to walk over him was the perfect capper to an epic moment. It's not shown, but the Bulls legend also engaged in a heated back-and-forth with Knicks superfan Spike Lee, who, of course, was sitting courtside.
Every poster needs a taunt, and Pippen executed it to perfection here. And he earned it -- leading the Bulls without MJ was a tough task.
Imagine if Twitter was around for this? It probably would've crashed from the sheer traffic from millions of fans reacting to the dunk. Even Knicks diehards can admit that this, considering the stakes, should be recognized as one of the most ferocious posters in NBA history.
Of course, this season's end had a surprising narrative -- despite the last, loud gasp of this Pippen poster, the Knicks actually won this series, before falling in the NBA Finals to the Rockets anyway.