Michael Jordan won six championships with the Chicago Bulls during the ’90s. Not only did the team go 6-0 in the Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics, and Utah Jazz, but Jordan won all six Finals MVPs.
The Bulls were very important for the city of Chicago in the ’90s. Drugs and violence were taking over the city, and Jordan and Co. brought the people together with championships.
Veteran NBA guard Iman Shumpert grew up in Chicago and witnessed how Michael Jordan and the Bulls galvanized the city. The one-time champion spoke to Vlad TV about how street violence would stop when the Bulls were winning.
Michael Jordan won six championships in an eight-year span
Michael Jordan led the Bulls to six championships in an eight-year span. The only playoff series MJ lost from 1991 to 1998 was the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Orlando Magic.
The Bulls defeated the Lakers in 1991, the Blazers in 1992, and the Suns in 1993. Jordan retired from the NBA to play baseball after beating Phoenix to honor his father, who was tragically killed.
With Scottie Pippen leading the way, Chicago went 55-27 during the 1993-94 season sans MJ. However, the Bulls lost to the New York Knicks in seven games in the second round of the postseason.
Jordan returned to the Bulls near the end of the 1994-95 season. He appeared in 17 games and averaged 26.9 points. His Airness, though, was rusty against the Magic in the second round of the ’95 playoffs, and the Bulls lost in six games.
Losing to the Magic fueled Jordan in the summer of ’95. While filming Space Jam, he transformed his body and game on the movie set and had a historic 1995-96 campaign. The Bulls went 72-10, Jordan won MVP, and Chicago defeated the SuperSonics in the ’96 Finals for its fourth title.
Michael Jordan and the Bulls finished off their dynasty in ’97 and ’98 by defeating the Jazz in the Finals. The six titles in eight years were not only great for MJ and his teammates, but they were also beneficial to the city.
Street violence would stop in Chicago when the Bulls won
Iman Shumpert was born and raised in Chicago. During an interview with Vlad TV, he talked about how gang violence would stop when Michael Jordan and the Bulls won.
Shumpert also said he saw police officers letting people shoot their guns in the air in celebration.
“I saw officers standing next to people, letting them shoot guns. Letting them. It was love. Like the Bulls just won, we letting it blow. The love that was around the city was different.”
This is a fascinating story and why sports are so important. Michael Jordan and the Bulls brought the city of Chicago together during the summertime, which was crucial since violence was usually high in June and July.
Michael Jordan made it cool to be a Chicagoan
Michael Jordan was the most popular person on the planet during the ’90s. Even though he was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina, the 14-time All-Star represented Chicago and was almost like an adopted son of the city.
The Jordan statue at the United Center in Chicago is still a sight to behold even though it has been up since 1994. MJ hasn’t played for the Bulls in over 20 years, and he’s still brought up daily in the Windy City due to his basketball legacy.