This is the second of 3 A Change in Times during a 24 hour span. You last saw what would have happened if Santonio Holmes dropped the Super Bowl 43 catch.
Michael Jordan jukes Byron Russell, shoots and misses as the Jazz win the 1998 NBA Finals. Michael Jordan doesn't retire for the second time as he wants to try for one more season to get one more ring. We'll get back to the Bulls in a sec but let's go to the Jazz now.
The streets of Utah go wild for the Jazz. Byron Russell is considered a hero in the northwestern united states. The Jazz still take the #3 seed in the West but add the confidence they got from beating a great Bulls team, they go all the way to the finals and repeat against the New York Knicks. The Knicks go out in despair and Patrick Ewing tells his team that this will be his last Knick season. To overcome this great Jazz team, the Knicks acquire Scottie Pippen instead of the Blazers. Pippen, Ewing and the Knicks go to the finals and once again play the Jazz. The Jazz win again as Stockton and Malone become the unquestioned best duo in basketball history. And they get to start celebrating one more time as they try to prove their better than Kobe and Shaq. But the rising duo beats the older Jazz and shocks the entire sports world.
Back to the Bulls. Michael Jordan decides to stay one more year to redeem himself. Instead, he and the Bulls plummet down to the bottom and Jordan retires after the season and his time as a Wizard evaporates from history like Marty McFly's family photo. And the Bulls embarrass fans up until Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah lead the present day team.
I really like this idea. I think Malone & Stockton will be underrated in history because they didn't win a title. If they did win this one (and MJ definitely fouled on the steal) they may have been a dynasty and won some more once they got over the hump.
As far as the Bulls go I agree MJ would have played longer and if that would have kept him from joining the Wizards that would be awesome!