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Fourth title, MVP more meaningful for Jordan
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

June 16, 1996

Though Michael Jordan already had won three NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls, achieving No. 4 today is especially meaningful. It is his first since returning from his "retirement" and the first since his father was murdered in 1993.

The Bulls, who set an NBA record by going 72-10 in the regular season, defeat the Seattle SuperSonics, 87-75, in Game 6 and Jordan becomes the first player to win the Finals MVP four times.

"Who would have ever written this season?" says an emotional Jordan, thinking about his father. "Who could have predicted this? It happened on Father's Day, which made it even more special to me."

In his first season with the Bulls, Dennis Rodman is again a terror on the boards in the clincher, with 19 rebounds, including tying a Finals single-game record with 11 offensive rebounds. "Everybody thought I would come in and tear the organization up," Rodman says. "There are a lot of things about me that people don't know. I'm a competitor. I stepped up and did the job, and I'm proud of it."

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