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Who gon’ stop me, huh?

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

"Being healthy is a complete lifestyle for me. It allows my brain to function at a very high degree so I can comprehend all the new things that are thrown at me. It also allows me to sleep well so that I am rested when I need to perform. Finally, being healthy will hopefully allow me to live a long and fun-filled life." - Derrick Rose

Make healthy living your lifestyle.

July 12, 1996 - Jordan signed a one-year $30 million contract with the Chicago Bulls

This was the biggest single-season contract ever in American team sports. The one year contract suggested Michael Jordan may leave the Chicago Bulls after the 1996-97 season, or retire. Jordan rewarded the franchise by delivering its fifth league championship.

The following season, Jordan became the only NBA player to sign a contract worth over thirty million dollars in a season. During the 1997-98 season, Jordan earned $33,000,000. He also proved his worth by winning a sixth NBA title for the Chicago Bulls.

July 10, 1989 - The Chicago Bulls named Phil Jackson as head coach to replace Doug Collins

Phil Jackson was hired as assistant coach, under Doug Collins, for the Chicago Bulls in 1987, and was promoted to head coach in 1989. It was around this time that he met Tex Winter and became a devotee of Winter’s triangle offense. Over nine seasons, Jackson coached the Bulls to six championships, winning three straight championships over separate three-year periods. The “three-peat” was the first since the Boston Celtics won eight titles in a row from 1959 through 1966.

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"I’m not slowing down. I don’t care who’s in the hole. If they’re going to foul me, I’m going to get up and keep going hard at them." - Derrick Rose

"…Goin’ straight through the hole
You ain’t got no game
I’m breakin’ ya out the frame
Coming through like a train”
- B Real - Hit ‘em High (The Monstar’s anthem)

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 5, 1991 - Air Jordan switched the ball from his right hand to his left in mid-air for the layup

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Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history to face Magic Johnson and James Worthy and beat the Los Angeles Lakers four games to one, compiling an outstanding 15–2 playoff record along the way. Perhaps the best known moment of the series came in Game 2 when, attempting a dunk, Jordan avoided a potential Sam Perkins block by switching the ball from his right hand to his left in mid-air to lay the shot in. In his first Finals appearance, Jordan posted per game averages of 31.2 points on 56% shooting from the field, 11.4 assists, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 1.4 blocks. Jordan won his first NBA Finals MVP award, and he cried while holding the NBA Finals trophy.

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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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I’ll have the 3-Peat combo:

Celebratory cigar. Cordon Rouge champagne. Bud Light.

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