Another way to ask this: Would the Bulls have won 8 in a row if Jordan never retires?
They win 94, they lose players in contract negotiations in that off-season, they suck even worse as a team in 95 while also putting the second three-peat in jeopardy.
But let's assume we aren't in the real world where money, attitudes, momentum, murders, and salary caps matter: If so - they win 94, lose in 95 to the magic...bc they did, win 96 and 97 and lose in 98.
Why do they lose in 98? Because Jordan has another 1.5 years of games on his knees which were going bad. So they still end up with 6.