‘Had to Prove Myself’: Michael Jordan Reveals Which NBA Championship With the Chicago Bulls Was Most Challenging

Published 08/11/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
(Original Caption) Michael Jordan, forward for the Chicago Bulls, holding a basketball in the locker room.


The Chicago Bulls came about into the NBA during the 1966-67 season. For the most part, it saw struggles despite adding some excellent players in the mid-70s which included Jerry Sloan, Bob Love, Tom Boerwinkle, and a few others. And even though the Bulls could be labeled as a hardworking team, the results weren’t always fruitful. Then, enters Michael Jordan through the 1985 NBA draft that changed the face of the franchise forever.

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He not only became one of the best players of the mid-80s to 90s era but also the greatest player of all time. From showing off in slam-dunk contests, always having new shot-making tricks up his sleeves, and bagging seven consecutive scoring titles was all Jordan was about.

However, apart from writing a new chapter for the NBA and putting up some of the biggest numbers in it’s history, his biggest achievement was his championships. Jordan wrote the Chicago Bulls legacy along with his excellent supporting cast, winning sex straight NBA championships.

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This was iconic. Nothing like this had ever been seen before and doesn’t seem like it will happen ever again. Although this also came with some ups and downs. MJ retired thrice during his career and twice while he played for the Bulls. So, getting back on track and still being the best in the league was a challenge of its own. Nobody would believe it that for MJ too, it wasn’t easy, especially the 96′ title.

Chicago Bulls All-Star forward # 23 Michael Jordan file photos. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage)

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The most challenging NBA title for Michael Jordan

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In an interview with ABC, Michael Jordan talked about how much keeping the winning streak takes a toll on a player. He explained that keeping up with the expectations of winning every season was tougher than anything. But if he had to narrow it down, it comes down, the 1996 title was the most difficult.

“The 96 was probably the toughest one because I was coming from a defeat in 95 when I played baseball. Everyone thought I was a step slower. So, I had to prove myself. And it was the first time I had done it without my father. So all these emotions and all these different things are coming at me. To me that was the most difficult If I had to pick of the six,” confessed Michael.

Jordan has always put on a face of competitiveness. So, his struggles coming from the man himself make us realize the GOAT is also human. While MJ’s journey might have not been as easy as it seemed, it was most entertaining for the viewers. So, if you had to pick, which one would be the best Bulls championship season?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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