How good was Michael Jordan in 1998?
2023/10/18

Jordan Leads Bulls to Historic Season: In the summer of 1997, the Bulls were facing major problems despite their previous season's success. The team's general manager announced that the next season would be Phil Jackson's last, and there were disagreements with Scottie Pippen over salary issues.

However, Jordan led the Bulls to a remarkable 62-20 season, winning several awards including his fifth regular-season MVP and All-Star MVP. Easy victories in the first two rounds set up a tough Eastern Conference Finals against Larry Bird's Pacers. After a dramatic series, the Bulls narrowly defeated the Pacers in a Game 7 thriller.  

Jordan's performance throughout the playoffs exemplified his greatness, averaging 31.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in the series against the Pacers. In the NBA Finals, the Bulls faced the Jazz, seeking revenge for their previous year's finals win. 

After a back-and-forth series, the Bulls won their third straight championship with a 1-point victory in Game 6. Jordan's clutch performance, including a game-winning shot over Bryon Russell, secured their sixth title. 

Jordan averaged 33.5 points, 4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.8 steals per game in the finals, earning him his sixth Finals MVP award.

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