Michael Jordan

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

American businessman and former professional basketball player.

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Jordan in 2014

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Miami Heat

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

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.

Russell in 2011

Bill Russell

American former professional basketball player who played as a center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1956 to 1969.

American former professional basketball player who played as a center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1956 to 1969.

Russell in 2011
Russell practicing a free throw at USF, c. 1953–56
Russell is all-smiles during his two national championship seasons at USF.
Russell, c. 1960
Russell and coach Red Auerbach with his trademark victory Blackstone cigar after winning the 1966 NBA championship
Russell in 2005
Former President Bill Clinton and Russell at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in 2014
A bronze statue of Russell in Boston, 2013
Russell defending against Chamberlain in 1966
Russell with coach Red Auerbach in his rookie season, as they are seated on the sidelines. Auerbach refused to have a color barrier for the Celtics. Following his retirement in 1966, he handed off coaching duties to Russell as a player-coach.

In his career, Russell won five NBA MVP awards (1959, 1961–63, 1965), which is tied with Michael Jordan for second all-time behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's six awards, and is at No. 6 for most regular season MVP–NBA Finals MVP awards, despite the latter being assigned only since 1969.

United States men's national basketball team

Basketball team representing the United States.

Basketball team representing the United States.

Danny Manning and the Navy's David Robinson battle Arvydas Sabonis in the 1988 Olympic semi-finals
U.S. v Argentina at the 1995 Pan American Games
Shaquille O'Neal, part of the 1996 team that competed at the Summer Olympics
Team USA members warm up before the game in 2004 in Belgrade Arena
The USA players standing prior to a game against China in the Beijing Olympics
The 2012 team practicing in Washington, D.C.

Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, and Chris Mullin, future members of the 1992 Dream Team, made their Olympic debuts in 1984.

Ewing in 2018

Patrick Ewing

Jamaican-American basketball coach and former professional player who is the head coach of the Georgetown University men's team.

Jamaican-American basketball coach and former professional player who is the head coach of the Georgetown University men's team.

Ewing in 2018
President Ronald Reagan with John Thompson and Ewing after Georgetown won the 1984 NCAA Championship.
Ewing played 15 seasons (1985–2000) with the New York Knicks.
Ewing's college jersey in the Basketball Hall of Fame museum in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Ewing coaching Georgetown in 2021
Ewing in 2018

The Hoyas led late in the game, but a shot by future NBA superstar Michael Jordan gave North Carolina the lead.

1995–96 NBA season

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.

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.

Stockton in 2022

John Stockton

American former professional basketball player.

American former professional basketball player.

Stockton in 2022
John Stockton spent his entire NBA career with the Utah Jazz, from 1984 to 2003.
Stockton, circa 1988
Stockton (second from left) with his family, including David Stockton, at Capital One Arena in 2022

The Jazz were defeated by the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls in six games in the Finals.

Thomas coaching the New York Knicks in 2007

Isiah Thomas

American former professional basketball player, coach and executive who is an analyst for NBA TV.

American former professional basketball player, coach and executive who is an analyst for NBA TV.

Thomas coaching the New York Knicks in 2007
Thomas competing for the Detroit Pistons against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York in 1985
A press conference for Isiah Thomas at the U.S. Century Bank Arena at Florida International University in Miami
Thomas coaching the Knicks in 2007

After being down 2–1 against Michael Jordan and the up-and-coming Chicago Bulls in the Conference Finals, the Pistons utilized the Jordan Rules to limit Jordan's impact, which allowed them to defeat the Bulls in six games and advance to the finals yet again, setting up an NBA Finals rematch with the Lakers.

Michael Jordan was offered a co-captainship but he deferred to Bird and Johnson

1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team

The first American Olympic team to feature active professional players from the National Basketball Association .

The first American Olympic team to feature active professional players from the National Basketball Association .

Michael Jordan was offered a co-captainship but he deferred to Bird and Johnson
Magic Johnson, who had retired from basketball in 1991 due to HIV, was selected for the team
Christian Laettner (pictured in 2014) was chosen to represent college athletics.
David Robinson taking a free throw
Charles Barkley proved controversial due to his aggressive gameplay and trash talking. He ended up being the highest-scoring member of the team.
Mike Krzyzewski returned to coach the United States men's basketball several times after the 1992 Olympics.
Charles Barkley (center) and Karl Malone (extreme left) in a game against Argentina

The first ten players for the team were selected on September 21, 1991: Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls, John Stockton and Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz, Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers, Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics, Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks, Chris Mullin of the Golden State Warriors, David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs, and Charles Barkley of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar performing his signature move, the skyhook.

Center (basketball)

One of the five positions in a regulation basketball game.

One of the five positions in a regulation basketball game.

Center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar performing his signature move, the skyhook.
George Mikan with No. 99
Bill Russell (left) and Wilt Chamberlain (right)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (right) against Wes Unseld (left)
Hakeem Olajuwon
Shaquille O'Neal
Nikola Jokić
Margo Dydek

Perimeter players such as Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Stephen Curry became the faces of modern championship teams, and in those instances, their centers were more of a complementary piece than a cornerstone.

1996–97 NBA season

The 51st season of the National Basketball Association .

The 51st season of the National Basketball Association .

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