It is a topic of discussion that has raged on since the dynasty years of the 1990s for the Chicago Bulls as to which former NBA superstars had part of their legacy tainted by the fact that all-time great shooting guard Michael Jordan run their shot at a ring at some point. Jordan won six titles throughout the dynasty years of the 1990s with the Bulls.
And it’s pretty clear that Jordan and the Bulls could’ve contended for more than just those six titles had he not retired twice during the 1990s. His first retirement came following the 1992-93 season after the Bulls won back-to-back-to-back titles for the first time in franchise history.
It was the Phoenix Suns that suffered at the hands of Jordan and the Bulls in the 1993 NBA Finals prior to his first retirement later that year. Jordan would wind up trying his hand playing baseball in the Chicago White Sox organization throughout the 1993-94 season, and through part of 1994-95.
Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls decimated the title hopes of many opposing stars
He would return to the Bulls with the famous memo “I’m back” down the stretch during the 1994-95 season.
Moreover, the Bulls would win three more titles with Jordan prior to his second of three retirements following the 1997-98 season. That would be the final retirement for Jordan with the Bulls. The last two seasons of his career came with the Washington Wizards in the early 2000s.
The third and final retirement for Jordan came with the Wizards following the conclusion of the 2002-03 season.
Yet, the focus here is what particular opposing stars Jordan dashed the title hopes of during the 1990s. There were a few select stars that came oh so close to getting the first (and eventually only) ring of their career against Jordan and the Bulls. But as we all know, Jordan never lost in the NBA Finals during his legendary career.
Here’s a look into four former NBA stars that Jordan dashed the title hopes of in his playing days.