A report on Michael Jordan and 1996 NBA Finals

Jordan in 2014
Jordan in 1992
Jordan in training with the Scottsdale Scorpions in 1994
Jordan with coach Phil Jackson in 1997
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 was named NBA Finals MVP, his fourth time winning the award.

- 1996 NBA Finals

Jordan abruptly retired from basketball before the 1993–94 NBA season to play Minor League Baseball but returned to the Bulls in March 1995 and led them to three more championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998, as well as a then-record 72 regular season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season.

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Jordan in 2014

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Scottie Pippen accumulated 2 triple-doubles and 4 double-doubles in November 1995.

1995–96 Chicago Bulls season

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The Bulls' 30th season in the National Basketball Association.

The Bulls' 30th season in the National Basketball Association.

Scottie Pippen accumulated 2 triple-doubles and 4 double-doubles in November 1995.

Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were both selected for the 1996 NBA All-Star Game in San Antonio, with head coach Phil Jackson coaching the Eastern Conference, and with Jordan winning his second All-Star Game MVP award.

They then defeated the Seattle SuperSonics 4–2 in the 1996 NBA Finals, winning their fourth NBA title in six seasons.

1995–96 NBA season

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The 50th season of the National Basketball Association , though the 50th anniversary was not celebrated until the following season.

The 50th season of the National Basketball Association , though the 50th anniversary was not celebrated until the following season.

The Chicago Bulls defeated the Seattle SuperSonics 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals to win their fourth championship.

Michael Jordan became the only player to win the NBA Finals MVP Award at least four times. He would also become the second player to earn the MVP trophy since Willis Reed in 1970, having won All-Star, Regular Season and Finals MVP in the same season; an achievement he also accomplished in 1998, and later on by Shaquille O'Neal in 2000.

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 team triumphed over the Miami Heat in the first round, the New York Knicks in the second round, the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals and finally Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp and the Seattle SuperSonics for their fourth title.

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

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.

In the 1996 playoffs, Rodman scored 7.5 points and grabbed 13.7 rebounds per game and had a large part in the six-game victory against the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1996 NBA Finals: in Game Two at home in the Bulls' United Center, he grabbed 20 rebounds, among them a record-tying 11 offensive boards, and in Game Six, again at the United Center, the power forward secured 19 rebounds and again 11 offensive boards, scored five points in a decisive 12–2 Bulls run, unnerved opposing power forward Shawn Kemp and caused Seattle coach George Karl to say: "As you evaluate the series, Dennis Rodman won two basketball games. We controlled Dennis Rodman for four games. But Game 2 and tonight, he was the reason they were successful."

Pippen in 2022

Scottie Pippen

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American former professional basketball player.

American former professional basketball player.

Pippen in 2022
Pippen in 2022
Pippen as a member of the Chicago Bulls in 1995
Chicago Bulls Championship banners hang in the rafters of the United Center.
Pippen playing in Europe in 2008
Pippen's retired #33 jersey (far right) hanging in the rafters of the United Center
Pippen and then-wife Larsa in December 2006

Considered one of the greatest small forwards of all time, Pippen, along with Michael Jordan, played an important role in transforming the Bulls into a championship team and in popularizing the NBA around the world during the 1990s.

With the return of Michael Jordan and the addition of multiple NBA rebound leader Dennis Rodman, the Bulls posted the best regular-season record in NBA history at the time (72–10) in en route to winning their fourth title against the Seattle SuperSonics.

Kerr coaching the Golden State Warriors in 2019

Steve Kerr

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American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Kerr coaching the Golden State Warriors in 2019
Kerr with the Arizona Wildcats in 1987
Kerr in 2013
Kerr coaching the Warriors in 2015
Kerr in 2017

The Bulls made the playoffs in the 1993–94 and 1994–95 seasons, but without Michael Jordan's presence for all of 1994 and much of 1995, the team could not advance to the Finals.

However, with Jordan back full-time for the 1995–96 season, the Bulls set a then-NBA record of 72–10 and defeated the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1996 NBA Finals.

1995–96 Seattle SuperSonics season

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The 28th season for the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association.

The 28th season for the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association.

In the Western Conference Semi-finals, they swept the 5th-seeded and reigning champions Houston Rockets in four straight games to advance to the Western Conference Finals, where they defeated the Utah Jazz in seven games to reach their first NBA Finals since 1979.

In the Finals, they would face the Chicago Bulls, who posted the league's best record at 72–10, and were led by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman.

Payton with the Miami Heat in 2007

Gary Payton

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American former professional basketball player who played the point guard position.

American former professional basketball player who played the point guard position.

Payton with the Miami Heat in 2007
Payton (left) during his stint with the Lakers
Payton playing in the NBA Asia Challenge 2010 in the Philippines

He was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team nine times, an NBA record he shares with Michael Jordan, Kevin Garnett, and Kobe Bryant.

In 1996, Payton and the SuperSonics, under coach George Karl, reached the NBA Finals after winning a franchise record 64 games and lost in six games to Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls.

1995–96 Orlando Magic season

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The Magic's seventh season in the National Basketball Association.

The Magic's seventh season in the National Basketball Association.

The Bulls would defeat the Seattle SuperSonics in six games in the NBA Finals, winning their fourth championship in six years.

The Eastern Conference finals saw the Magic face the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan, a team they had eliminated in the previous years playoffs.

1995–96 Miami Heat season

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The eighth season for the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association.

The eighth season for the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association.

In the Eastern Conference First Round of the playoffs, the Heat lost in three straight games to the Bulls, who were led by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman.

The Bulls would defeat the Seattle SuperSonics in six games in the NBA Finals, winning their fourth championship in six years.