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Jordan: Don't put stop to Bulls' run Finals MVP says team shouldn't be broken up

CHICAGO -- With a fat victory cigar in one hand and a huge bottle of champagne in the other, Michael Jordan was ready to celebrate Friday night. And yet, before he left the podium to rejoin his teammates in the locker room, Jordan turned somber when asked to address the Chicago Bulls' future.

"I think this team is entitled to the opportunity to continue to be successful," Jordan said. "We're entitled to defend what we have until we lose it."

That was Jordan's stand in the aftermath of perhaps Chicago's most difficult championship run, which was completed with Friday night's 90-86 win over the Utah Jazz to give the Bulls the NBA title in six...