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Michael Jordan Lost Just One Playoff Series Between 1991 To 1998

Michael Jordan Lost Just One Playoff Series Between 1991 To 1998

During the 90s, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were something different. The team won six NBA championships and broke numerous other records in their prime.

While the whole team was fabulous, the major credit for the success of the Bulls goes to none other than Michael Jordan. MJ won a plethora of individual awards for his performances during that time and established himself as the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT).

He was undefeated in the finals and on a whole different level. One such record that Jordan held that doesn't get talked about more often is that he lost just one playoff series from 1991 to 1998.

Yes, you heard it right. In that time span, MJ played in 26 playoff series and walked out with a victory in 25 out of them. It's no surprise that he is known as the GOAT of basketball.

The only series he lost was against Shaquille O'Neal and the Orlando Magic in the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals. But a huge reason why he lost was that he was coming off a two-year break from the NBA.

He famously retired to pursue his ambitions to play baseball. As a result, Jordan was a  bit rusty and out of touch.

Following that defeat, MJ put in a lot of work and went on to win three more NBA championships. Many have debated what if he never retired. Maybe he could have had two more NBA titles under his belt.

Well, that's something for fans to debate. Jordan retired for the second time after winning the 1998 NBA Finals and completing the second 3-peat of his career.

He returned one last time to play in the league in 2001, but this time around for the Washington Wizards. Jordan's last stint was just two short years, where he suffered a few injuries and failed to go to the postseason even once.

Michael Jordan left the basketball court for good in 2003 as a 40-year-old legend. He averaged an insane 30.1 points per game for his career and is still considered the greatest basketball player of all time for most basketball fans.