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AINGE: K.J. had been the Suns' leader and he was a consummate pro. I understand why he's now the mayor of Sacramento. But when Charles is on your team, there really isn't a need for a lot of other leaders. The thing was, we were all O.K. with that. Charles was the attention-getter, but so many times he just put the team on his back.
WESTPHAL: Charles would get you the 20-point lead, but sometimes it was only safe if you got him out of the game. If you kept him in, pretty soon your lead might be gone because he didn't always concentrate.
During a bruising Eastern Conference final against the Knicks there are reports that Jordan's gambling is hurting the team. Still, the second-seeded Bulls oust No. 1 New York in six games.
JACKSON: A story in The New York Times tried to turn Michael into the villain for gambling between games in Atlantic City. It didn't work.
GRANT: I had to soak almost my entire body in ice after every game of that Knicks series. [Anthony] Mason, [Charles] Oakley and Patrick [Ewing]? Are you kidding me? That was rough.
JOHN PAXSON (Bulls point guard): If there was ever a time we could've succumbed to the fatigue, it would've been in that series against the Knicks, especially when we lost the first two in New York. But when we got back to Chicago Stadium, we got reenergized, got our legs back.
Phoenix has its own postseason drama, losing the first two games at home in a best-of-five first-rounder to the eighth-seeded Lakers before winning three in a row
BARKLEY: We're in the locker room totally depressed after the second loss, and the press comes running in, right to my locker. Oh, s---, what did I do now? I thought. And they told me what Coach Westphal had said: That we were going to go to L.A., win Games 3 and 4, then win Game 5 at home and everyone would be talking about what a great series it was.
JOHNSON: When a guy expresses that kind of confidence in you, shows that kind of audacity, I knew we would do everything to make him a prophet.
WESTPHAL: Hey, I said it because I believed it. And we made it happen.