Present catching up to the past

CHICAGO -- For one night, the comparisons were not unfair, the expectations not premature, the images neither hackneyed nor embellished.

For a moment there, you really could turn to your son or daughter or much younger friend and say, “This is it. Right here. This is how it felt 20 years ago. Remember this.”

With the advantage of modern plumbing and smoke-free concourses, the United Center could have been the Chicago Stadium, Saturday night. Or from 1994 on, the very best that this place was before canned music and scoreboard entertainment drowned out the real thing.

And these Bulls could have been those Bulls as they trounced the Utah Jazz, 118-100, in a game over almost before it began.

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