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Michael Jordan’s haters have constantly tried to demeanor his competition. They think old-school basketball is inferior to what we see nowadays in terms of athleticism, preparation, skills, and even how stacked those teams were.

Well, everybody’s entitled to their own opinion but if you think that winning in the 80s or 90s was easy, you’re just wrong. Moreover, beating the winningest teams in the league in the playoffs was harder than ever, as there’s a reason why they were so dominant throughout the regular season.

So, Jordan’s haters often acknowledge the greatness of other players like Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, and even Larry Bird, yet they seem to ignore that His Airness actually beat more 60-win teams in the playoffs than all of them. Don’t take our word for it, check it out by yourself, numbers don’t lie:

 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1-5

Wins

1984-1985: Won 4-2 to Boston Celtics (63-19) in Finals

Losses

1969-1970: Lost 1-4 to New York Knicks (60-22) in ECF

1971-1972: Lost 2-4 to Los Angeles Lakers (69-13) in WCF

1982-1983: Lost 0-4 to Philadelphia 76ers (65-17) in Finals

1983-1984: Lost 3-4 to Boston Celtics (62-20) in Finals

1988-1989: Lost 0-4 to Detroit Pistons (63-19) in Finals

 

Kobe Bryant 2-5

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Wins

1997-1998: Won 4-1 to Seattle Sonics (61-21) in 2nd Round

2001-2002: Won 4-3 to Sacramento Kings (61-21) in WCF

Losses

1996-1997: Lost 1-4 to Utah Jazz (64-18) in 2nd Round

1997-1998: Lost 0-4 to Utah Jazz (62-20) in WCF

2002-2003: Lost 2-4 to San Antonio Spurs (60-22) in 2nd Round

2006-2007: Lost 1-4 to Phoenix Suns (61-21) in 1st Round

2007-2008: Lost 2-4 to Boston Celtics (66-16) in Finals

 

Larry Bird 1-2

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Wins

1980-1981: Won 4-3 to Philadelphia 76ers (62-20) in ECF

Losses

1984-1985: Lost 4-2 to Los Angeles Lakers (62-20) in Finals

1986-1987: Lost 2-4 to Los Angeles Lakers (65-17) in Finals

 

Magic Johnson 2-4

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Wins

1984-1985: Won 4-2 to Boston Celtics (63-19) in Finals

1990-1991: Won 4-2 to Portland Blazers (63-19) in WCF

Losses

1982-1983: Lost 0-4 to Philadelphia 76ers (65-17) in Finals

1983-1984: Lost 3-4 to Boston Celtics (62-20) in Finals

1988-1989: Lost 0-4 to Detroit Pistons (63-19) in Finals

1990-1991: Lost 1-4 to Chicago Bulls (61-21) in Finals

 

LeBron James 3-5

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Wins

2010-2011: Won 4-1 to Chicago Bulls (62-20) in ECF

2014-2015: Won 4-0 to Atlanta Hawks (60-22) in ECF

2015-2016: Won 4-3 to Golden State Warriors (73-9) in Finals

Losses

2005-2006: Lost 4-3 to Detroit Pistons(64-18) in 2nd Round

2007-2008: Lost 2-4 to Boston Celtics (66-16) in 2nd Round

2013-2014: Lost 1-4 to San Antonio Spurs (62-20) in Finals

2014-2015: Lost 2-4 to Golden State Warriors (67-15) in Finals

2016-2017: Lost 1-4 to Golden State Warriors (67-15) in Finals

 

Tim Duncan 3-3

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Wins

2002-2003: Won 4-2 to Dallas Mavericks (60-22) in WCF

2004-2005: Won 4-1 to Phoenix Suns (62-20) in WCF

2006-2007: Won 4-2 to Phoenix Suns (61-21) in 2nd Round

Losses

1997-1998: Lost 1-4 to Utah Jazz (62-20) in 2nd Round

2005-2006: Lost 3-4 to Dallas Mavericks (60-22) in 2nd Round

2012-2013: Lost 3-4 to Miami Heat (66-16) in Finals

 

Shaquille O’Neal 4-4

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Wins

1997-1998: Won 4-1 to Seattle Sonics (61-21) in 2nd Round

2001-2002: Won 4-3 to Sacramento Kings (61-21) in WCF

2005-2006: Won 4-2 to Detroit Pistons (64-18) in ECF

2005-2006: Won 4-2 to Dallas Mavericks (60-22) in Finals

Losses

1995-1996: Lost 0-4 to Chicago Bulls (72-10) in ECF

1996-1997: Lost 1-4 to Utah Jazz (64-18) in 2nd Round

1997-1998: Lost 0-4 to Utah Jazz (62-20) in WCF

2002-2003: Lost 2-4 to San Antonio Spurs (60-22) in 2nd Round

 

Michael Jordan 7-2

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Wins

1992-1993: Won 4-2 to New York Knicks (60-22) in ECF

1992-1993: Won 4-2 to Phoenix Suns (62-20) in Finals

1995-1996: Won 4-0 to Orlando Magic (60-22) in ECF

1995-1996: Won 4-2 to Seattle Sonics (64-18) in Finals

1996-1997: Won 4-1 to Miami Heat (61-21) in ECF

1996-1997: Won 4-2 to Utah Jazz (64-18) in Finals

1997-1998: Won 4-2 to Utah Jazz (62-20) in Finals

Losses

1985-1986: Lost 0-3 to Boston Celtics (67-15) in 1st Round

1988-1989: Lost 2-4 to Detroit Pistons (63-19) in ECF

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