NBA fans love to disregard Houston's back-to-back championships because of MJ's retirement in the mid 90's.
However, MJ not only played part of the 94-95 season, he also played in the playoffs too. And he was still MJ. In 17 regular season games, he averaged 27 pts 7 rebounds 5 assists 2 steals and 1 block a game.
And he played even better that year in the playoffs (BULLS lost 1st round to Shaq and Hardaway's Magic...who later lost to Hakeem and Clyde's Rockets in the finals).
In that first round matchup, MJ averaged 32 pts, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block per game. So it's not like he didn't show up. And Bulls fans shouldnt be able to use the excuse "but he was rusty", because he was simply on his game.
Simply put, the Magic beat the Bulls fair and square. The Bulls did not have a center that could stop Shaq at the time. Keep in mind this Bulls team did not have Rodman yet. They gaurded Shaq with Luc Longley.
So, against popular belief/ assumption, MJ DID play that year (albiet a little under 1/4th of the season), and he DID play VERY well in the playoffs too. The Bulls, as a team, just weren't good enough. But MJ lovers (I love his game too...but I dont' let it cloud reality) refuse to believe MJ could lose in the playoffs.
So, is Houston's 95 championship wrongly overshadowed and "asterisked"?