Aug. 8, 1992 - The ‘Dream Team’ won gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain

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ROSTER: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Scottie Pippen, Clyde Drexler, John Stockton, Karl Malone, David Robinson, Chris Mullen, Christian Laettner.

Head coach: Chuck Daly
Assistant coaches: Mike Krzyzewski, Lenny Wilkens, P.J. Carlesimo

The Dream Team was the first American Olympic team to feature active NBA players. Described by American journalists as the greatest sports team ever assembled, and called by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame “the greatest collection of basketball talent on the planet”, it defeated its opponents by an average of almost 44 points.

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#MJMondays

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Who gon’ stop me, huh?

Michael Jordan takes on the Detroit Pistons (Buck Wiliams, Isiah Thomas and Bill Lambeer).

June 19, 1984 - One of the best drafts in NBA history produced four Hall of Famers and seven All-Stars

The 1984 draft was the last to be held before the creation of the Draft Lottery in 1985. It is also the first NBA Draft to be overseen by David Stern. The draft is generally considered to be one of the greatest in NBA history, with four Hall of Famers being drafted in the first sixteen picks. Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, John Stockton and Michael Jordan are each among the greatest to ever play their respective positions, while Jordan is held to be one of the greatest—if not the single greatest—basketball player in history. The draft dominated a decade with Chicago, Houston, Utah and when Barkley was in Phoenix the elite teams of the decade.

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June 14, 1998 - The Bulls beat the Jazz to win their sixth NBA Championship

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The Chicago Bulls won their sixth NBA Championship. Michael Jordan was named the league MVP for the fifth and final time and the Finals MVP for the sixth time in his career.

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"Work ethic eliminates fear." - Michael Jordan

No fear.

June 12, 1991 - The Chicago Bulls win their first NBA title

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This Finals was Michael Jordan's first NBA Finals appearance, Magic Johnson's last one, and the last NBA Finals trip of the Los Angeles Lakers until 2000. The Chicago Bulls would win the series 4-1. Jordan averaged 31.2 points on 56% shooting, 11.4 assists, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 1.4 blocks en route to his first NBA Finals MVP Award.

As of 2014, the Bulls were the last team to win an NBA championship despite fielding a full roster lacking in championship or Finals experience. None of the Bulls players had logged even a minute of NBA Finals experience prior to this.

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June 3, 1992 - MJ set NBA Finals records for points scored in a half (35) and three-pointers made in one half (6)

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Host Chicago Bulls defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 122-89 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Michael Jordan dominated from the beginning, breaking the record for most points in a first half in the playoffs once held by Elgin Baylor (Michael had 35, Baylor had 33). This included six first-half threes (also a record). It was after the 6th 3 that Jordan turned towards the broadcast table and famously shrugged to indicate his surprise, as if to say, “I guess everything’s going in.” Jordan’s shrug became a highlight reel mainstay. This was needed as Portland made their first seven shots and ran to an eight-point lead in the first half, only to go down 29-28 to the Bulls at the end of the quarter. Portland was leading by 1 at 45-44, but then Chicago went on a 22-6 run to grab a 66-51 halftime lead and take control. The game was decided, and the Bulls earned a 122-89 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

"I started running for the three-point line; it felt like a free throw," Jordan famously said after the game.

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May 20, 1991 - Michael Jordan wins NBA’s Most Valuable Player award

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This was Michael Jordan's second NBA MVP award, he previously won the award in 1988. Jordan finished the regular season averaging 31.5 points per game on 53.9% shooting, 6.0 rebounds per game, and 5.5 assists per game. The Chicago Bulls finished in first place in their division for the first time in 16 years and set a franchise record with 61 wins in the regular season. Jordan received 77 of 96 first-place votes from a media panel. His 891 points in the voting outdistanced Magic Johnson, who had 497 points and 10 first-place votes. David Robinson finished third, followed by Charles Barkley, Karl Malone and Clyde Drexler.

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May 16, 1985 - Bulls’ Michael Jordan was named the NBA Rookie of the Year

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During his first season in the NBA, Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan averaged 28.2 ppg on 51.5% shooting.

He quickly became a fan favorite even in opposing arenas, and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the heading “A Star is Born” just over a month into his professional career. Jordan was also voted in as an All-Star starter by the fans in his rookie season. Controversy arose before the All-Star game when word surfaced that several veteran players, led by Isiah Thomas, were upset by the amount of attention Jordan was receiving. This led to a so-called “freeze-out” on Jordan, where players refused to pass him the ball throughout the game. The controversy left Jordan relatively unaffected when he returned to regular season play, and he would go on to be voted Rookie of the Year. The Bulls finished the season 38–44, and lost in the first round of the playoffs in four games to Milwaukee.

"The best evaluation I can make of a player is to look in his eyes and see how scared they are." - Michael Jordan

I ain’t never scared.

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