Revisiting Michael Jordan's Career-Capping Shot Over Bryon Russell and Jazz 22 Years Ago Today

Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan hit an iconic shot 22 years ago today to take down the Utah Jazz.
Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan hit an iconic shot 22 years ago today to take down the Utah Jazz. | JEFF HAYNES/Getty Images

Michael Jordan has been a legend for several decades now, and ESPN's airing of "The Last Dance" documentary series helped show his greatness to a younger generation. One of the more bizarre things about that iconic Chicago Bulls dynasty is that the team was broken up following a victory in the 1998 NBA Finals. The team had achieved two three-peats, and played the entire 1997-98 season with the looming threat of it being their last run, or dance, together.

Yet all the distractions did nothing to slow down Jordan and the Bulls. In fact, Sunday marks the 22-year anniversary of when Jordan capped off the second three-peat against the Utah Jazz. Fans in Salt Lake City may want to look away, even though they have seen the moment countless times by now.

Jazz fans will claim Jordan pushed off, but the iconic moment remains inspiring to watch. Jordan's dagger sucked the life out of the arena, and was originally the final shot of his career before he returned with the Washington Wizards a few years later.

Some fans may claim this was truly the final shot of his career, or at least the career that everyone remembers him for in a Bulls uniform. With no basketball being played currently, it is a great time to look back and get some goosebumps from one of the best moments in sports history.