In 13 seasons with the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan won six championships, six Finals MVPs, five regular-season MVPs, and 10 scoring titles. He established himself as arguably the greatest player in NBA history and accomplished everything a basketball player strives for.
Despite having a flawless career, though, Jordan isn’t satisfied with one thing, and he’s told one of the most popular sports reporters in Chicago a million times what upsets him.
Michael Jordan went 6-0 in the Finals
The Bulls went 6-0 in the NBA Finals during the ’90s behind Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Phil Jackson. They never lost two games in a row in the Finals and only trailed in a series twice.
Chicago defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics, and Utah Jazz (twice) in the Finals. Jordan prevented four Hall of Famers in Charles Barkley, Gary Payton, Karl Malone, and John Stockton from winning championships.
MJ averaged 33.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game in the Finals while shooting 48.1% from the field and 36.8% from beyond the arc. He also hit two game-winners against the Jazz over Bryon Russell.
The Jordan era in Chicago ended in 1998 after the superstar shooting guard retired from the NBA for the second time. Jackson retired from coaching, and the Bulls traded Pippen to the Houston Rockets. The Chicago franchise hasn’t gotten back to the Finals since Jordan, Pippen, and Jackson left.
Many players on the second Bulls dynasty were upset at owner Jerry Reinsdorf and general manager Jerry Krause for breaking up the team after the sixth championship in 1998. A seventh title could have been in the cards for Chicago, something Jordan has talked about with ESPN reporter and Chicago native Michael Wilbon.
Michael Jordan has told Michael Wilbon a million times he’s not satisfied with being 6-0
Wilbon, who has a close relationship with Jordan, said in 2020 that the Bulls icon has told him a million times he’s not satisfied with being 6-0 in the Finals. MJ wanted to keep going in Chicago after the 1998 championship since “winners keep playing” until someone knocks them off.
The 1998-99 NBA season was only 50 games due to a lockout. According to Wilbon, the foreign broadcasters had a 40-game package and wanted all 40 games to be Jordan and the Bulls.
However, because of Krause and Reinsdorf, Chicago was one of the worst teams in the NBA in 1998-99 since Jordan, Pippen, and Jackson were gone.
The San Antonio Spurs defeated the New York Knicks in the 1999 Finals. Jordan and the Bulls would have been the favorite to win the title had the team stayed together. After all, you can’t bet against a player and team that went undefeated in the Finals during an eight-year span.
Sports fans are still fascinated by MJ despite his last game being in 2003
Jordan hasn’t played in the NBA since 2003, yet he’s still the most popular basketball player globally. Fans are fascinated by his legacy and persona, and his shoes are still being sold at a record pace.
The Last Dance docuseries was a massive hit because it gives an inside look as to why Jordan was as competitive as he was. The end of episode 7, where he starts crying about his passion for the game, gave fans chills.
Jordan played 15 seasons for the Bulls and Washington Wizards. He averaged 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 2.3 steals in 1,072 regular-season games.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.