Revisiting When Michael Jordan Won His First Title After Dad's Death on Father's Day

Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan won his fourth NBA title on a special day.
Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan won his fourth NBA title on a special day. | PAUL BUCK/Getty Images

The airing of The Last Dance documentary series brought Michael Jordan's greatness back into the national conversation two decades after he and the Chicago Bulls dominated the NBA.

One part of his career younger fans may have forgotten about is the fact he left basketball to pursue a professional baseball career after the senseless murder of his father. But, Jordan finally returned and eventually picked up a fourth title in the 1996 NBA Finals. The series ended on Father's Day and an overwhelmed Jordan let his emotions out after taking down the Seattle SuperSonics.

The entire postgame sequence was powerful from Jordan crying on the floor in the locker room to barely being able to get his words out during a press conference. He was overcome with emotion, and understandably so.

Jordan won his fourth Finals MVP after averaging 27.3 points and 42 minutes per game in the six-game series. The Bulls jumped out to a 3-0 series lead before the Sonics took the next two and sent the series back to Chicago. But, something special was in the air that Father's Day and Jordan scored 22 points to close out the series in a grueling 87-75 victory.

Plenty of stuff Jordan did throughout his career seemed to be almost too poetic to be true. His will to win on Father's Day in 1996 is on that list and is just one of countless examples of how he simply could not be stopped.