It’s interesting how athletes use different motivations to fuel their performances. Michael Jordan’s competitive drive was legendary, and it seems like the MVP snub only added fuel to his fire during the NBA Finals.

 

Michael Jordan was “upset” Charles Barkley won the 1992-93 NBA MVP Award over him.

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Jordan was third in MVP voting in 1992-93 behind Barkley and Hakeem Olajuwon.

Jordan’s Chicago Bullsfaced Barkley’s Phoenix Suns in the 1993 NBA Finals and MJ used his MVP snub as motivation.

“I was a little bit upset that I didn’t get the MVP that year and they gave it to Charles Barkley,” Jordan said in The Last Dance documentary. “But with that said, okay fine. You can have that. I’m gonna get this.”

Jordan put up incredible numbers in the 1993 NBA Finals. He averaged 41.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists in the six-game series.

The Bulls beat the Suns in six games for their third title in a row.

“It’s a relief,” Jordan told Bob Costas after the Bulls won Game 6. “Plus it’s great to win. I think we’ve gone through a lot. Me personally, I’ve gone through a lot up to now, but to cap it off this way means a lot to me, believe me.”

Jordan retired from the NBA following the 1993 NBA Finals. He played baseball during the 1993-94 NBA season before returning to the NBA near the end of the 1994-95 season.

The Bulls lost to the Orlando Magic in the second round of the 1995 playoffs. It was the only playoff series Jordan lost from 1991-1998.