Kenny Smith participated in the “First Take” to express his thoughts about the Chicago Bulls’ loss to Orlando Magic in the 1995 Eastern Conference semifinals. The Houston Rockets finally managed to beat the Magic in the finals.
Michael Jordan retired that season. In the first round he could lead the Bulls to surpass the Charlotte Hornets in four games, but Shaquille O’Neal led the Magic to deal with too much in the second round. Kenny Smith said size is the problem.
“They are too small,” Smith said of the Bulls. “That’s why they lost to the Orlando Magic. They lost to the 4-2 team and we swept. It’s not that Jordan is not the best player. That’s not the best team.”
O’Neill was still young at the time, but still dominated. Like the rest of his four championship careers, his figure caused problems in the series. In the 1990s, the Bulls won three consecutive games and won a total of six championships. The young Shaquille O’Neal performed well in that series.