Back in 1998, Michael Jordan revealed that the Chicago Bulls were better than the other teams in the league because of the love and great chemistry the players shared.
The Chicago Bulls franchise is one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history. In fact, back in the 1990s, the organisation was the most dominant team, winning all six of their NBA championships within an eight-year span, between 1990-1998.
Behind the leadership of Michael Jordan, alongside Hall-Of-Famers Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, the 1990s Bulls broke several records and even make a case for being the most dominant team ever assembled on a basketball court.
Several analysts believe, had MJ not left Basketball in 1993 to play professional baseball, the Chicago team could’ve well won the 1994 and 1995 championships as well. However, finishing a flawless season with 72 wins, clinching two successful three-peats is still something that is yet to be achieved again by any team.
“On this Chicago Bulls team, everyone loves each other”: Michael Jordan in 1998
Back in April of 1998, His Airness sat down with ESPN’s Rick Telander for an interview. During the course of the interview, the 6-foot-6 shooting guard spoke about how the chemistry on that 1998 Bulls team was the best in the league, resulting in them being the most dominant team. The 5-time MVP revealed:
“On this team we love each other. No jealousies, no animosities, no nothing. Is there another team like that? Maybe Utah. But after what Karl Malone said about Greg Ostertag [“When you talk about dominant centers, I look at Ostertag and I don’t think he has the commitment”], I don’t know how long that will last. On our team, everybody gets along with everybody, everybody can go out with everybody. And we’re not afraid to criticize each other.”
Just a few months after this interview was conducted, a 62-win Chicago team met Utah Jazz in the NBA finals. After playing a long and tiring series, Mike and the Bulls ended up winning their 6th championship in an eight-year span. Definitely, Michael Jordan knew what and how it took to motivate his players. And maybe, the interview Jordan had given just a few months prior to the finals, is what fuelled his teammates to end up winning their second three-peat.