As you know by now, I am as much a Bulls fan (Jordan/Pippen era) as probably anybody else. When I heard the rumor that there might be a game between Split and Barcelona veterans, I was pretty sure that we would see Toni, Dino and some more great European players.
I’d always wanted to see the Bulls and Toni live and today was the day – at least I saw Toni Kukoc with courtside seats. First of all, I have to thank Yarone Arbel since he told me about the event, which was organized by the town of Madrid – pretty cool move! If you expected the guys to play soft and boring basketball just to have a reason to all meet up … WRONG! Toni killed Barcelona from the three-point line – he was still using the NBA three-point line – and Dino Radja was cleaning up in the post. Even Real Madrid assistant coach Zan Tabak showed that he’s still in shape!
Probably 300 visitors came to see these “old” players and the music was even old school (which was very cool by the way). Yarone pointed out one more thing: the players’ wives! You can tell who they are: the sexy player wives that you see now in NBA or Euroleague games cheering for their rich husbands, only this time they were just a bit “older.”
Here are some pictures of the game and of Toni Kukoc – I am pretty sure you still remember that one-foot jumpshot stepback: