Hue Hollins Rumors

After a Chicago timeout, the players were returning to the court when the guy in the sport coat stood up. Hollins, who was working the game with Dick Bavetta and Danny Crawford, was almost directly in front of him. Suddenly, the Bulls fan took a quick step toward Hollins, leaned close to him and said something into his ear. Hollins’ head snapped around. He had a shocked look on his face. He clearly did not believe what he had just heard. Was it racial? Was it some kind of threat? I don’t know. But it obviously shocked Hollins, who seemed to instinctively step away from the guy but continued looking at him incredulously until the Bulls inbounded the ball and play resumed.
When Michael Jordan scored to make it 83-82, Hollins was still concerned. Before running back up the floor, he turned around and stared at the fan. At one point, he passed within arm’s length of the guy, with the same what-the-hell-did-you-say look on his face. I couldn’t tell if anything else was said at that point. But even as the Jazz advanced the ball up the floor, Hollins kept glancing at the guy — a testament, I think, to how out of line he had been. Of course, you know the rest of the story: Jordan stole the ball, pushed Bryon Russell, made a jump shot and the Bulls won another championship. In the chaotic moments that followed, the Bulls fan wearing the bad sport coat forgot all about Hollins and rushed onto the court to join Chicago’s celebration. I’m guessing Hollins never forgot that fan.