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Read "The Jordan Rules The Inside Story of Michael Jordan and the Chicago The New York Times Bestseller, Now in eBook Format and Updated With a New . In The Jordan Rules, which chronicles the Chicago Bulls' first championship Here is the inside game, both on and off the court, including: Jordan's power. The New York Times Bestseller, Now in eBook Format and Updated for the first time in eBook format, The Jordan Rules remains the ultimate.

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Editorial Reviews. Review. New York Newsday An engaging, sometimes cruelly funny the first time as a new and improved eBook, "The Jordan Rules" remains the ultimate inside look at one of the most legendary teams in sports history. The Jordan Rules [Sam Smith] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A SUPER TEAM A SUPERSTAR A SUPER EGO The most gifted athlete . Get this from a library! The Jordan rules. [Sam Smith].

What drove Michael Jordan? The pursuit of team success The pursuit of excellence The flight of the man they call Air Jordan had been rocked by controversy. In The Jordan Rules, which chronicles the Chicago Bulls' first championship season, Sam Smith takes the 1 Bull by the horns to reveal the team behind the man Here is the inside game, both on and off the court, including: Jordan's power struggles with management, from verbal attacks on the general manager to tantrums against his coach Behind-the-scenes feuds, as Jordan punches a teammate in practice and refuses to pass the ball in the crucial minutes of big games The players who competed with His Airness for Air Time -- Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, Bill Cartwright -- telling their sides of the story A penetrating look at coach Phil Jackson, the former flower child who blossomed into one of the NBA's top motivators and who finally found a way to coax "Michael and the Jordanaires" to the their first title A provocative eyewitness account, The Jordan Rules delivers all the nonstop excitement, tension, and thrills of a championship season -- and an intense, fascinating portrait of the incomparable Michael Jordan. Chapter One: Spring Michael Jordan surveyed his crew and got that sinking feeling.

After practice Wednesday, with the media waiting and watching, most of the players skipped out the back door directly to the parking lot, which is what they always did when they wanted to avoid the press.

But after complaints from the media, Jackson told Jordan he would have to go out the front door on Thursday -- to run the gauntlet, as the coaches liked to say, although the demands on Jordan from the local media and the national media, too, for that matter were never threatening.

He was annually selected to the national basketball writers' all-interview team, and local TV reporters liked to put their arms around him during interviews. So following Thursday's practice Jordan did as he was told, exiting through the front door but ignoring the waiting media. Even his teammates wondered what was going on. Hodges liked to call Jordan "the General," explaining that Jordan gave the commands, ordering players around and out of his way, determining whether the play called by the coaches should be run, and jawing with officials.

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It was up to his teammates to carry his orders out, which they rarely seemed to do to his satisfaction these days. But Jackson had. He read Jordan's actions as a demand for his teammates to step up and be held accountable for their poor play. He agreed with the sentiment, but didn't want to see it in the papers.

Actually, Jackson rarely read the sports pages, but his family and his assistants had summarized the reports of Jordan's fit and the team's sense of betrayal. He told the team that what happened in their locker room was their business and no one else's. He talked of character and "owning up," and said that if a little adversity could destroy the team, they weren't the team they believed themselves to be.

It was a desperate time, Jackson said, a time to be angry and emotional. It was a time to be held accountable. It was up to them. As for tactics, the team had to stop its headlong charge into Detroit's interior defense.

The Pistons played a zone simple and effective, Jackson noted. And the Bulls had to get good shots and take them rather than crash in where they had no room to maneuver. They had to retreat better on defense, and they had to rebound.

In Game 3, they did. And it was a series again. Jordan fumed in the locker room and made a decision. The result was no longer in doubt, as the third quarter turned into a Jordanfest. Jordan drove and tipped in his own miss to open the quarter, and blew a pass inside to Pippen for a lay-up for the second Bulls basket of the quarter.

He hit a ten-footer for the third. He sliced inside for the fifth, and later added a driving basket for a three-point play and a pair of free throws to close quarter as the Bulls outscored Detroit in the last three and a half minutes to gain control of the game. The fourth quarter saw Detroit push back, but Jordan pushed harder.

He scored 18 points and found himself smashed to the floor by Rodman. He got up, drove again, and was fouled. Then he hit a three-point field goal with time running out the twenty-four-second clock. The Stadium was shaking in pandemonium. Jordan had scored 31 points in the second half to finish with 47 points and 10 rebounds.

Pippen had added 29 and 11 rebounds while Grant had climbed on the boards for another 11 rebounds, 6 of them offensive. The Bulls had gotten another big assist from Ed Nealy, who had played 22 minutes and scored 8 points. He was slow and couldn't jump much, but Jackson labeled him "his favorite player, smartest player on the team. He didn't smile or joke, as he usually does in postgame sessions.

He went to the podium and said he wouldn't talk about the locker-room incident in Game 2. He said he never criticized his teammates. He said he only spoke as "we," not "they. Jordan said he would not talk to the media again until the next game. The Bulls would do again in Game 4 what they couldn't do in Detroit. They shot well and scrambled the game. The Bulls' play was to get the game above points, so they trapped Thomas and Dumars into 12 turnovers and Jordan was brilliant in scoring 42 more in a win.

Bill Laimbeer was 1 of 7 and now just 1 of 13 in the two games in Chicago after shooting 8 for 10 in Detroit. The Pistons were now in the playoffs over the past two seasons, with the Bulls having defeated them four times. The Pistons had lost two straight in the playoffs for the first time in two years. After Game 5, the Bulls still hadn't. It was a classic Pistons win over the Bulls. Dumars scored 20, holding to 7 of 19 and 22 points. The Pistons outrebounded the Bulls , the Pistons' bench outscored Chicago's , and the Bulls hit just a third of their shots.

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And it was rough: Thomas slammed Pippen to the floor midway through the third quarter. The Bulls trailed to open the fourth quarter, but after scoring a basket, Jordan signaled that he wanted to come out for a rest. He was out two minutes, and in that time Detroit outscored the Bulls and the Bulls never got close again. The Bulls had begun to ignore Laimbeer, and he scored 16 points while Pippen labored through a 5-for game.

Grant was off the boards, with 8 offensive rebounds, compared with 9 for the entire Detroit team. Mostly, though, Detroit was tougher and more aggressive. In a play that summed up the problems Chicago faced in Detroit, with The ball swished through to give the Bulls a tie. Vinnie Johnson then missed a drive to end the quarter. As Jordan went to the bench, he explained to Jackson, "I thought [the clock] said one point four seconds.

The only number that mattered for the Bulls now was one. One loss and their summer began. One win and they would get a chance to start over. Pistons players talked about being mentally tough, saying that now the games would go to whoever played the hardest, whoever was a champion.

In Game 6, the Bulls looked like the champions. The Bulls bolted from a narrow lead midway through the quarter with a run to close the quarter and close out Detroit; the final margin was The Bulls grabbed loose balls as if they had Velcro on their fingers. Craig Hodges and Jordan ignited the crowd with long three-pointers. Even Will Perdue was banging around after Bill Cartwright picked up his fourth foul.

Everybody was talking about the chance of a lifetime after the game. John Paxson, sidelined with a sprained ankle, said he'd tape his ankle and try to play. Hodges said the sixth didn't mean anything with the seventh. There was a lot of talk about a one-game season and about how the momentum was now theirs.

Jordan still wasn't granting mass interviews by his locker after the game. Since Game 3, he'd chosen to come out, on a podium next to Jackson, answer a few questions from the dozens of assembled reporters, and then leave.

Jordan would then go to his locker, dress, and be ignored as if had an infectious disease. Reporters made a wide arc avoid even getting close to him as they squeezed into cramped locker room in the old Chicago Stadium. As Jordan slipped on a sheer, brown floral shirt, his father, James, leaned over. Now's our chance and we're gonna do it. Michael Jordan returned to his team. The dam of silence was swept away by a flood of hope. Jordan was joking on the team bus as it traveled to the Palace, and in the locker room, as if nothing had happened the last two weeks.

He made fun of Pippen's shoes and Grant's after-shave lotion. It smelled like a lawn, Jordan said, one just fertilized. They asked Jordan where he'd left his comb.

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The scene seemed to relax everyone, and it was a calm, outwardly confident Bulls team that readied for the game. This was all Jordan had asked for, a chance.

This was a chance to get to the Finals. Let the better team win. Throw it all out there and go on or go home. It was the farthest one of his teams ever had gone.

But the Bulls would go no farther. As Jordan feared, even suspected, his teammates disappeared. Paxson tried, but couldn't go. His ankle was too sore and swollen, and he would need surgery in a week. Hodges, rusty from months of virtual inactivity, couldn't sustain his effort for two games and shot 3 for 13, 2 for 12 on three-pointers.

His big, toothy smile was gone and he'd soon be contemplating his feet. It wasn't much of a game. The Pistons hit 9 straight shots in the second quarter while the Bulls went 2 of The score was at halftime and the game was over. The score was in the third quarter, and even though the Bulls closed the gap to 10 after three quarters, they never had a chance.

Scottie Pippen was 1 of 10 for 2 points. Stricken by a migraine headache, he was blinking his eyes madly before the game and putting an ice pack on his head during time-outs. He played forty-two minutes, but could barely distinguish his teammates from the Pistons. He broke down and drowned himself in tears in the locker room afterward. Grant was ferocious on the boards, pulling down morerebounds than the entire Detroit team and grabbing a game-high 14 overall, but he shot 3 of Cartwright had worn down and would need knee surgery, and Hodge also would go under the knife.

The rookies were deadly -- B. Armstrong flew out of control in front of the crowd and was 1 of 8. The Pistons' bench outscored the Bulls , as Mark Aguirre had 15 points and 10 rebounds and John Salley had 14 points. Thomas was brilliant in orchestrating the Pistons' break with 21 points and 11 assists. Jordan was left to consider the loss. He agreed Detroit was better.

The Bulls had to get better. He wasn't general manager, but if he were It was obvious the team needed veterans. But he wasn't just slapping at the rookies. Where was Pippen? This was the second straight year he'd vanished in the last game against the Pistons; he'd received a concussion in the first minute of the final conference playoff game in Were he and his buddy, Grant, serious enough?

Paxson had broken down and the other guys hadn't done much. Jordan had scored 31 points, 21 more than anyone else, but he'd also attempted 27 shots. And many were wondering how the Bulls were ever going to win if he was to continue to shoot at that pace. As for Jordan, he believed he had to continue at that pace. Otherwise, who would? Just before he stepped from the postgame podium onto the golf courses of America, Jordan offered one thought: We need to make some changes.

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