Craig Ehlo Is At Peace With 'The Shot'

Ehlo called it "lovely" to be associated with Michael Jordan in the NBA history books.

McNeil & Parkins Show
May 21, 2020 - 3:16 pm

(670 The Score) Craig Ehlo is at peace with his heartbreaking role in one of the most iconic moments in NBA history.

Michael Jordan hit "The Shot" over Ehlo to lift the Bulls to a buzzer-beating win against the Cavaliers in Game 5 of a first-round Eastern Conference series in 1989, and Ehlo has come to appreciate the moment more and more over the years as it still follows him around.

"Any time I meet anybody on the street, at the grocery store, just passing by and they hear my name, that's the first that is the icebreaker -- they have to ask me if I'm that guy that was involved with 'The Shot,'" Ehlo said on the McNeil & Parkins Show on Thursday afternoon. "Pretty much a part of my life since it has happened. I used to have a sour taste in my mouth talking about it because wasn't always good. But you know, if I'm going to be associated in the NBA history books with what I consider the greatest player to play the game in Michael Jordan and just the rivalry that I had with Chicago when I was in Cleveland ... it's lovely to be part of that."

Ehlo kept a good sense of humor about Jordan and "The Shot," noting it has helped him financially once he came to terms with it.

"So after about 10 years after the anniversary date, then I started getting calls about being in a commercial and getting paid for it and if it was all right with me," Ehlo said. "I started riding that horse and I haven't stopped riding him since."

From a basketball perspective, Ehlo did acknowledge how crushing the Bulls eliminating the Cavaliers in 1989 was. Cleveland was considered a talented up-and-coming team that could be on the verge of breaking through in the East in the years to come, but Chicago was the organization that took off soon enough after winning the series. The Bulls lost to the Pistons in the East semifinals in 1989 and then again in the East finals in 1990 before winning six championships in the following eight seasons.

"It changed the course of both franchises," Ehlo said.