Jordan in 2014
Los Angeles Lakers facing the Boston Celtics in Dec. 1988. This would be Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's last jump ball at Boston Garden.
Jordan in 1992
A ticket for a November 1988 game between the Dallas Mavericks and the season's eventual champions Detroit Pistons.
Jordan in training with the Scottsdale Scorpions in 1994
A ticket for a game between the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Hornets during their inaugural season.
Jordan with coach Phil Jackson in 1997
A ticket for Game 1 of the 1989 Eastern Conference Semifinals between the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls.
Plaque at the United Center that chronicles Jordan's career achievements
Jordan as a member of the Washington Wizards, April 14, 2003
Jordan on the "Dream Team" in 1992
Jordan dunking the ball, 1987–88
James Worthy, Jordan, and Dean Smith in 2007 at a North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball game honoring the 1957 and 1982 men's basketball teams
Jordan on a golf course in 2007
Jordan receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at the White House
Jordan in 2008

Michael Jordan records ten triple-doubles in eleven games near the end of the season.

- 1988–89 NBA season

In the 1988–89 season, Jordan again led the league in scoring, averaging 32.5 ppg on 53.8% shooting from the field, along with 8 rpg and 8 apg.

- Michael Jordan
Jordan in 2014

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Chicago Bulls

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American professional basketball team based in Chicago.

American professional basketball team based in Chicago.

The 1969–70 Chicago Bulls
Gilmore in 1977
Michael Jordan was drafted third overall by the Bulls in 1984. He won six championships and six Finals MVPs for Chicago.
Michael Jordan v Los Angeles Lakers at the 1991 NBA Finals
United Center
Bulls head coach Phil Jackson consulting Michael Jordan in 1997
Luol Deng made his first All-Star appearance with the team in 2012 and his second in 2013.
Joakim Noah was drafted by the Bulls in 2007. He was named an All Star for the first time in 2013 and for the second time in 2014.
Derrick Rose was drafted first overall by the Bulls in 2008. He was the 2010–11 NBA MVP.
Tom Thibodeau coached the Bulls to 62 wins in his first season.
Fred Hoiberg was the 22nd head coach in the franchise's history.
Chicago Bulls wordmark (1966–present)
Benny the Bull in February 2018

All six of their championship teams were led by Hall of Famers Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and coach Phil Jackson.

The 1988–89 season marked a second straight year of major off-season moves.

New York Knicks

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American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Manhattan.

American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Manhattan.

Lapchick was responsible for leading the Knicks during their early success. However, these ventures never culminated with a win in the NBA Finals.
Patrick Ewing played for the Knicks from 1985 to 2000, leading them to the Finals in 1994 and 1999
The current Madison Square Garden has been the home of the Knicks since 1968.
Isiah Thomas as coach of the Knicks in 2007. He stayed six years on the bench
Larry Brown succeeded Thomas, coaching the Knicks from 2005 to 2006
The Knicks in action at Madison Square Garden in the 2008–09 season.
Mike D'Antoni, head coach of the Knicks from 2008 to 2012
Jeremy Lin was a surprise player that came off the bench during the 2011–12 season.
Mike Woodson, head coach of the Knicks from 2012 to 2014
The Knicks observed their worst-ever regular season record under the stewardship of Phil Jackson, who acted as the president of the franchise from 2013 to 2017.

The resurgence continued the following season as the team traded backup center Bill Cartwright to the Bulls for power forward Charles Oakley before the season started and then posted a 52–30 record, which was good enough for their first division title in 18 years and their fifth division title in franchise history.

After the Bulls' Michael Jordan made what would be his first retirement from basketball prior to the 1993–94 season, many saw this as an opportunity for the Knicks to finally make it to the NBA Finals.

Charlotte Hornets

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American professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

American professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Season tickets for the Hornets' inaugural season.
The Bobcats versus the Dallas Mavericks on November 11, 2005.
Michael Jordan acquired the Bobcats in 2010.
The Bobcats selected Kemba Walker as the 9th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft
The original Hugo in New Orleans
Doug Moe of the ABA's Carolina Cougars, which existed from 1969–1974
The Bobcats selected Kemba Walker as the 9th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft
The Hornets selected LaMelo Ball as the 3rd overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Charlotte Hornets wordmark logo
Bobcats uniform design from 2012–14
Revived Hornets uniform design with teal and dark purple

The Charlotte Hornets are mainly owned by Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, who acquired a controlling interest in the team in 2010.

The Charlotte Hornets franchise was established in 1988 as an expansion team owned by George Shinn.

Olajuwon in 2015

Hakeem Olajuwon

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Nigerian-American former professional basketball player.

Nigerian-American former professional basketball player.

Olajuwon in 2015
A billboard at the University of Houston congratulating Olajuwon on being the 1994 NBA Most Valuable Player
One of only five numbers retired by the University of Houston men's basketball team, Olajuwon's No. 34 hangs in Fertitta Center.
Olajuwon (right) defending Jawann Oldham on November 25, 1986
Olajuwon signing autographs

Olajuwon was drafted by the Houston Rockets with the first overall selection of the 1984 NBA draft, a draft that included Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton.

The 1988–89 season was Olajuwon's first full season as the Rockets' undisputed leader.

Miami Heat

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American professional basketball team based in Miami.

American professional basketball team based in Miami.

Jimmy Butler led the Heat during deep playoff runs in the early 2020s

The franchise began play in the 1988–89 season as an expansion team.

On the backs of Hardaway and Mourning, the Heat achieved their first two series victories in the playoffs, making it to the Conference Finals against the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls before losing in five games.

Rodman in 2017

Dennis Rodman

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American former professional basketball player.

American former professional basketball player.

Rodman in 2017
The United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls. Rodman wrote history in the 1996 NBA Finals when he twice secured 11 offensive rebounds in this building, tying an all-time NBA record.
In 2005, Rodman played for Torpan Pojat of Finland's basketball league, the Korisliiga.
Rodman with Donald Trump for Celebrity Apprentice

Rodman remained a bench player during the 1988–89 season, averaging 9.0 points and 9.4 rebounds in 27 minutes, yet providing such effective defense that he was voted into the All-Defensive Team, the first of eight times in his career.

In that season, the Pistons finally vanquished their playoffs bane by sweeping the Boston Celtics, then winning in six games versus the Chicago Bulls—including scoring champion Michael Jordan—and easily defeating the Lakers 4–0 in the 1989 NBA Finals.

Barkley in 2019

Charles Barkley

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American former professional basketball player who is a television analyst on TNT.

American former professional basketball player who is a television analyst on TNT.

Barkley in 2019
Barkley in 1991
Barkley playing versus Argentina at the 1992 Tournament of the Americas
Barkley at the 2010 NBA Hall of Fame induction
Barkley on Inside the NBA on location at San Francisco's Pier 43 for the NBA season opening day in late October 2015.
Barkley with President Barack Obama at the White House
Congresswoman Terri Sewell and Charles Barkley at Doug Jones' election night party in 2017.

He was selected with the fifth pick in the first round by the Philadelphia 76ers, two slots after the Chicago Bulls drafted Michael Jordan.

In the 1988–89 season, Barkley continued to play well, averaging 25.8 points on .579 shooting and 12.5 rebounds per game.

Johnson in 2022

Magic Johnson

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American former professional basketball player.

American former professional basketball player.

Johnson in 2022
Johnson with the Lakers, c. undefined 1987
Johnson with the Lakers in 1990
Johnson, who had retired from basketball in 1991 due to HIV, was selected for the U.S. national team that won the gold medal at the Summer Olympics.
Johnson and Mayor Richard Riordan in 1995
Johnson against the Celtics in the 1987 NBA Finals
Johnson with his wife, Cookie, in 2014
Johnson giving a speech at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas on April 25, 2013.
In 2003, Johnson met with Nancy Pelosi to discuss federal assistance for those with AIDS.
Johnson's Hollywood Walk of Fame star
Johnson's number 32 jersey was retired by the Lakers in 1992.

In the 1988–89 NBA season, Johnson's 22.5 points, 12.8 assists, and 7.9 rebounds per game earned him his second MVP award, and the Lakers reached the 1989 NBA Finals, in which they again faced the Pistons.

There they faced the Chicago Bulls, led by shooting guard Michael Jordan, a five-time scoring champion regarded as the finest player of his era.

Detroit Pistons

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American professional basketball team based in Detroit.

American professional basketball team based in Detroit.

Dave Bing joined the team in 1966, scoring 1,601 points in his rookie year.
Isiah Thomas against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 19, 1985.
Chuck Daly, coach of the 1989 and 1990 NBA champions.
A ticket for Game 1 of the 1988 NBA Finals at The Forum.
Doug Collins, one of five head coaches for the Pistons in an eight-year span.
Larry Brown coached the Pistons to the 2004 NBA title and the Eastern Conference championship the following season.
The Pistons are honored at the White House for the team's victory in the 2004 NBA Finals.
A game ticket from March 2006 between the Detroit Pistons and the Washington Wizards.
Andre Drummond was selected by the Pistons with the ninth overall pick in 2012 NBA draft.
Little Caesars Arena in 2018
The Detroit Pistons playing in The Palace of Auburn Hills, seen here in January 2006.

Prior to the 1988–89 season, the Pistons moved to Auburn Hills to play at The Palace of Auburn Hills, the first NBA arena financed entirely with private funds.

After winning 59 games and a third straight division title, the Pistons cruised through the first two rounds of the playoffs before playing a tough Eastern Conference Finals series against Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and the Chicago Bulls.

1988–89 Chicago Bulls season

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The 1988–89 NBA season was the Bulls' 23rd season in the National Basketball Association.

Michael Jordan led the league in scoring with 32.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, and 2.9 steals per game, and was named to the All-NBA First Team, NBA All-Defensive First Team, was selected for the 1989 NBA All-Star Game, and finished in second place in Most Valuable Player voting behind Magic Johnson.