Michael Jordan & the Bulls Score a Three-Peat
As LeBron James and the Miami Heat try to cement their place in NBA history as one of five franchises to win three consecutive NBA titles, DoYouRemember looks back at the first three-peat performed by the man whom LeBron has seemingly been chasing throughout his entire career: Michael “Air” Jordan. Jordan and his Chicago Bulls ran over all who opposed them on their way to six NBA titles in eight years.
MJ and the Bulls Finally Get It Done in ’91
After years of being sent home early by their rival Detroit Pistons, Jordan and the Bulls swept the Bad Boys 4-0 and finally made it to their first NBA Finals. Awaiting them were future Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and a Los Angeles Lakers team that was nearing the end of their epic “Showtime” era. With Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant and John Paxson backing him up and coach Phil Jackson calling the shots, MJ led Chicago over L.A. 4-1 and was named Finals MVP.
Nothing Clyde Could Do in ’92
Making their second appearance in as many years in the NBA Finals, Jordan and company found themselves battling one of the game’s best shooting guards of all time in Clyde “the Glide” Drexler, who had led his Portland Trail Blazers to a number-one seed in the Western Conference. The series is remembered for two things: the Bulls winning their second consecutive championship 4-2, and Jordan’s offensive in Game 1 in Chicago, when he scored an unimaginable 35 points in the first half, including six 3-point shots.
Jordan Shows Sir Charles Who’s in Charge in ’93
In their quest to become the first team since the 1960s to win three NBA titles in a row, the Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, would go up against a longtime friend of his in Charles Barkley, who had won an Olympic gold medal with Jordan and Scottie Pippen as a member of the Dream Team in Barcelona in 1992. Former Philadelphia 76er Barkley had been traded to the Phoenix Suns and helped the team win a whopping 62 regular season games. However, the NBA Finals are not the regular season, and MJ and the Bulls made it look easy at times as they hoisted their third consecutive Larry O’Brien trophy and MJ took home his third straight Finals MVP honor.