Being as great a scorer as Michael Jordan, plenty of people made it their mission to try to stop him, or the very least, slow him down. While no one was able to successfully do so, Gerald Wilkins was dubbed the "Jordan Stopper" for his effort in disrupting Jordan's rhythm.
Wilkins was a constant pest on Jordan during his time with the New York Knicks. His size and length helped me slow down Jordan in the past, and the Cleveland Cavaliers went after him for that reason.
The Bulls have eliminated the Cavaliers five times in seven years, and the team needed to change that, hence, the acquisition of Wilkins. Unfortunately, that did not exactly produce the outcome they had hoped for.
During the regular season, the Cavaliers won the season series 3-2, but it was not as a result of Jordan's inefficiencies on offense. Nonetheless, there was hope that they would prevail in the postseason if they locked horns.
The Bulls were set to face the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semi-finals and the fans were excited about what might be. Their "Jordan Stopper" was on hand, but he did not have the desired impact.
The series ended up being a sweep in favor of the Chicago Bulls, and that was not the headline of the event. Jordan, who was supposed to be contained, averaged 31.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 2.3 steals. His Airness had his way with the Cavs' defense, with Wilkins being his primary defender.
Jordan always "took things personally," which was one of the reasons he decided to humiliate his opponent. When asked about why he went at Wilkins in that manner, he said he was just interested in overcoming challenges.
“I wanted to prove to them that hey, no matter what you do, what changes you make, I’mma overcome that challenge.”
After defeating the Cavs and the Knicks in the conference finals, the Bulls went ahead to three-peat over Charles Barkley and the Phoenix Suns. After the championship, Jordan retired and chose to play baseball following the tragic passing of his father.