The number 23 of the Chicago Bulls starred in some of the most memorable performances of his career in the Finals just in the sixth month of the year.
Due to the pandemic, the first round of the playoffs of the NBA, while in normal years in June the Finals of the best basketball in the world would already be played. For this reason, the month of June is marked by Michael Jordan, possibly the greatest player of all time.
And in June, the number 2. 3 of the Chicago Bulls starred in some of the most memorable performances of his career in the Finals.
ESPN Digital has listed five of Jordan’s best moments during the month of June in his career at the NBA.
The flu game, but it wasn’t the flu
Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals between the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz was known as “the flu game”, a game in which Michael Jordan played ill, scored 38 points and gave Chicago the victory.
For 23 years we believed that Jordan had had the flu. But Jordan himself revealed in the ESPN documentary “The Last Dance” that he had suffered food poisoning after eating a “suspicious” pizza in Utah in the early hours of the morning before the game. The Bulls won the fateful Game 5 on June 11, 90-88.
The game where he ‘shrugged’
In Game 1 of the 1992 Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers, Jordan set points records (35) in the first two quarters of an NBA-wide game.
At one point, the 23 jersey came out with a shrug, incredulous that he was making history himself. The Bulls won 122-89, securing the series lead on June 3, 92.
The ‘last basket’
In Game 6 of the 1998 Finals against the Utah Jazz on June 14, Michael Jordan literally made his last basket with the Bulls. And he gave the team the 87-86 victory and also sealed the sixth and final franchise and personal title.
Jordan stole the ball from Karl Malone and made a perfect shot, knocking Bryon Russell off balance with 5 seconds to go.
The first title
On June 12, 1991, the wait ended and Michael Jordan finally won his first title. On this date, the Bulls beat Magic Johnson’s Los Angeles Lakers and closed the series 4-1.
In Game 2, after the Bulls lost their first home game, Jordan went down in history for starring in one of the most spectacular plays ever seen.
Game 1 of the 97 Finals
On June 1, 1997, the Jazz and Bulls were tied at 82 points with 9 seconds left in Game 1 of the Finals. Karl Malone, a 75% effective free throw player in the regular season, had two free throws to kill the game.
Malone missed both shots. On the next possession, the Bulls gave the ball to Jordan, who hit it and Chicago won the game.