Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan discloses the true reason why he cried while receiving the 1991 MVP award – the second of his career.
For over 15 years Jordan gave his millions of fans a treat to watch night in and night out. His incredible passion and drive to be the best version of himself are what set him apart from his fellow competitors.
Today, almost two decades after Jordan’s retirement, he is still one of the most worldly celebrated athletes, showing the impact and influence the 58-year-old has. His insanely talented game, competitive spirit and overly-stacked resume are some of the main reasons why enthusiasts call him the GOAT.
There is virtually nothing that Mike hasn’t achieved in his prosperous career. Clinching two successful three-peats in eight years, having an astonishing 72-10 record and being a Hall-Of-Famer are only a few of his achievements.
During his historic career with the Bulls, Jordan even managed to win a whopping five regular-season MVPs, only one less than the all-time highest (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 6 MVPs).
Michael Jordan reveals why he cried while he received his second MVP trophy back in 1991
During the 1990-1991 season, His Airness was practically unstoppable. As a 27-year-old, the 6-foot-6 combo guard managed to play all 82 regular-season games while putting up a staggering 31.5 points, 6 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game on an efficient 53.9% shooting from the field. For his incredible season, MJ had received 77 first-place votes and managed to grab the MVP honours over Lakers legend Magic Johnson.
Michael wasn’t the one who displayed his emotions publicly. However, when then-commissioner David Stern presented Mike with his MVP award, the Bulls leader had teary eyes on the emotional occasion. Later on, in an interview with Pat Riley, Mike revealed the true reason behind his emotions. MJ told Riley:
“This particular time, I was being given that MVP by my teammates. By people that I play with and I’m with eight months out of the year instead of the media. Our players actually gave me that because of the way they play.”
“That was very touching for me, and when they said they were gonna go out there and help me receive this, I did all I could just to hold back the tears because it really showed to me what they really felt for me to win that award. It was a family situation.”
Michael Jordan truly showcased his emotions later that season when he led the Bulls to their first-ever championships defeating Majic Johnson and Co. in the NBA finals. It was truly an emotional season for a young Michael. Little did Jordan know that, the MVP trophy was only first of many more to come and he would eventually go down as the greatest player to ever play the sport he truly dedicated his life into.