Must-Listen of the Day: Stacey King Recalls How He Almost Fought Phil Jackson in his Pre-Draft Workout

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Must-Listen of the Day: Stacey King Recalls How He Almost Fought Phil Jackson in his Pre-Draft Workout

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Why think about the current Bulls when you can think about the 90s Bulls! Oh, you already were! 

NBC Sports Chicago has provided a nice distraction from this current season with an awesome new podcast series. Every Friday, the Bulls Talk Podcast will release a new episode documenting the historic 90s Bulls.

The first episode dropped earlier today, and it’s worth a listen. Trust me. Color Commentator and former-Bull Stacey King joins host Jason Goff to share some stories about his early years with the franchise.

The podcast might be only around 20 minutes long, but King fires off great stories from start to end. And, indeed, the best moment of the show comes when King talks about his pre-draft workout with the Bulls.

Instead of throwing shots up against a dummy, Doug Collins wanted to get a live body on King, so he called in a friend to guard him. King began battling who he thought was veteran player Dave Corzine, and let’s just say things got chippy. In fact, things got so chippy that King through a hard elbow (along with plenty of curse words), resulting in the two going after each other. Coaches ran in to separate the guys, and long story short, that wasn’t Dave Corzine who King was ready to pummel, it was an assistant coach named Phil Jackson.


According to King, almost everybody had a good laugh about it and the two (kind of) reconciled. A lot of the Bulls staff liked his aggressive game, and despite him elbowing his future head coach, drafted him with the No. 6 overall pick in 1989.

Now, let me ask you, how can you NOT listen to that full story (there’s obviously more to it than that)?

But if for some reason that doesn’t tickle your fancy, King also talks about rubbing the real and fake Michael Jordan for good luck, why Jerry Krause deserves more credit, and the groundwork of Doug Collins. Good stuff.

Give it a listen by clicking on the tweet above or via the link here. If this first episode is any indication of the pods to come, I’m looking forward to tuning in on the regular!

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Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.