IN his final season in the NBA, Darrell Walker earned his first and only ring after landing with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in 1993.
And Walker has since revealed the GOAT’s iconic speech on a team plane prior to the Bulls’ 1993 NBA Finals title win.
Former point guard Darrell Walker (pictured right) had his best season in 1990 when he averaged 9.5 per game with the Washington BulletsCredit: Getty
In his last season, Walker landed with the Bulls in 1992Credit: Getty
He earned his first and only ring with the Bulls in that seasonCredit: Getty
Chicago won their third straight title in 1993.
They beat the Phoenix Suns 99-98 on the road in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to win the series 4-2.
But the Bulls had lost Game 5 at their home court which sent the series back to Phoenix.
In a 2020 interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Walker, who was a bench guard player for Chicago, revealed what the legend Jordan told his Bulls teammates after the Game 5 loss.
“I remember we were on the charter plane going to Phoenix,” Walker said.
“M.J. got on with a little bag and he’s smoking a cigar, and he goes, ‘Boys, I packed for one day. We’re coming back as World Champions tomorrow.’
Walker then spoke on the effect Jordan’s words had on the team.
“That just lifted all the tension off the plane and threw it out the door,” the 62-year-old said.
“It was like, ‘The best player in the world just said we’re going to win, so it’s going to happen.'”
“When we won, we were celebrating, jumping up and down and drinking champagne, going crazy.
“It was just an unbelievable time in my career and my life.”
Jordan won his third NBA Finals MVP after posting an average of 41 points, 8.5, and 6.3 assists per game against Phoenix.
Walker averaged 6.5 points and 8.2 assists in the 1993 playoffs.
He was able to collect the only title of his career with Chicago, where he was born and grew up.
The University of Arkansas product began his career in 1983 when the New York Knicks drafted him with the No. 12 pick.
Walker made the NBA all-rookie team in 1984.
And his best season came in 1990 with the Washington Bullets when he averaged 9.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 8.0 assists per game.
Over a ten-year career, Walker played for five teams.
For 15 years, he coached in the NBA.
And since 2018, the 62-year-old Walker has been the head men’s coach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Walker has coached basketball since 1995Credit: Getty