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The Best Finals Ever
Jack McCallum
June 10, 2013
In 1993, the Bulls and the Suns met in a championship showdown that had everything: Michael at his peak, Sir Charles at his most boisterous, a triple-overtime classic and a title-clinching jumper. Twenty years later, the principals recall the series
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June 10, 2013

The Best Finals Ever

In 1993, the Bulls and the Suns met in a championship showdown that had everything: Michael at his peak, Sir Charles at his most boisterous, a triple-overtime classic and a title-clinching jumper. Twenty years later, the principals recall the series

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Six days after Paxson's shot 300,000 fans line 2½ miles of Phoenix's streets for a parade, celebrating not only what was but also what will surely be for a team on the rise.

AINGE: We were a better team the next year and the year after. But one year Charles gets hurt, the next year Danny Manning, who had really helped us, blows out his knee. It was always something....

BARKLEY: The next season I had taken so many injections in my knee, I wouldn't have been able to play in the Finals anyway.

JOHNSON: On the 20th year after those great Finals, we managed to keep a team in Sacramento, and that's as good as it gets. But honestly? The 1993 Finals still keeps me up at night. The history of the NBA has these teams that come up short, learn their lessons then win it. That was supposed to be us. But we didn't. And being 'one of the best teams never to win a championship?' That's a sorry state to be in.

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