On March 25, Michael began a run of 10 triple doubles in 11 games, including 7 straight before missing one against the Pistons where he had 40 points, 11 assists, and 7 rebounds. He would finish the season with 15 triple doubles, 3 shy of Magic Johnson’s record among active players.
Michael was very happy with the outcome of the move. “It’s a challenge, and that basically is what Michael Jordan is all about,” Jordan said. “I’ve been bothered for some time about the Bulls being a one-dimensional team, a Michael Jordan team. The thing I’ve been harping about all year has come true. The other guys are getting into the game. They now believe in themselves, and that’s what we needed.
“Everybody has to watch (Jordan) with the ball. The other guys are free to roam, and their shooting percentages are going to soar. I think (Jordan) handles the ball better than Magic. (Jordan) just makes everybody else better.”
The thing is... this party didn't last too long.
While Michael was enjoying his triple double run, the other teams had quickly adjusted to the new Bulls offense. And in early April, the Bulls slumped again.
This is really damning, though -
However, despite Jordan’s stellar play, the Bulls lost that game and finished the month of April with a 4-8 record.
So I am thinking teams will adjust to Kobe doing this high assist thing... of course, this Laker team has more tools than that Bulls team. How long do you think Magic Mamba lasts before teams adjust?