Great Playoff Moments, Day 4: Michael Jordan & Chicago Learn About New York’s “Heart Like John Starks”
The fiery two-guard took the scenic route to the NBA. He attended several community colleges, then paid dues in the World Basketball League, the Continental Basketball Association, and Europe. Of course, Starks wasn’t above bagging groceries in between gigs, either …
The legendary Beastie Boys bragged, “I’ve got heart like John Starks” on their mid-nineties hit Get It Together. Why would the Beasties make such a claim? Well, flashback to May of 1993, Bulls-Knicks playoff series.
Not so long ago, before Isiah Thomas’ sexual harassment suit, before Stephon Marbury was anointed the franchise, before James Dolan was giving Jerome James $30 million dollars, and before Allan Houston’s silky smooth stroke, John Starks was an MSG favourite.
The fiery two-guard took the scenic route to the NBA. He attended several community colleges, then paid dues in the World Basketball League, the Continental Basketball Association, and Europe. Of course, Starks wasn’t above bagging groceries in between gigs, either.
Eventually, he landed a starring role with Pat Riley’s Knicks. Under the oil slick, Starks became an All-Star, but also had the not-so inevitable task of defending Michael Jordan during the Bulls’ championships of the early nineties.
However, Starks had moments, specifically this left-handed jam …
… He first loses B.J. Armstrong on a Patrick Ewing body check, takes two firm dribbles baseline, switches to his left-hand, and then packs it on the help defence of Horace Grant and Michael Jordan.
Starks never won New York an NBA Title. In fact, just one year later, he was the goat when the Knicks lost to the Rockets in the NBA Finals. But because of this jam, and his effort, NYC and the Beastie Boys showed love.
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