The Chicago Bulls is one of the most decorated teams in the NBA, with 6 NBA Championships and 6 Conference titles. The Bulls were founded in 1966, and their home ground is the United Centre. One of the most popular franchises in NBA history, the Chicago Bulls team of the early 1990’s played a prominent part in making basketball popular in many countries in the world. The Bulls’ biggest rivals are the New York Knicks, the Miami Heat, and the Detroit Pistons.
According to Forbes, as at 2017, the Bulls have the 4th most valuable team in the NBA.
The Chicago Bulls franchise hold a lot of NBA records.
- The Bulls are the only team to have won multiple championships, winning 6 titles between 1991-1998, with three consecutive titles coming from 1991-1993 and 1996-1998.
- The Bulls team of the 1995/1996 season, regarded as one of the greatest ever in the history of the NBA, won a record—at that time—72 games (the record was broken in 2015/2016 by the Golden State Warriors).
- In addition to this, in the 95/96 season, they created the best road record in a 41-game season in NBA history (with a 33-8), they also had the best start to a season with a 41-3, and the best home start with 37-0. They ended the season losing only 2 home games, with a 39-2 record.
Michael Jordan (1984-1993, 1995-1998)
Michael Jordan is recognized as the greatest player in the history of the NBA, and why wouldn’t he. He was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player 5 times, he won 6 finals MVP, and was selected for the NBA All-Star games 14 times. From his rookie season, which ended with him winning Rookie of the Year, he never looked back and he tormented NBA defenses endlessly. He was the NBA’s scoring champion 10 times, winning it for 7 years in a row at one point. He didn’t just dominate defenses, he was an elite defender himself, winning 9 selections into the All-Defensive first team, winning Defensive Player of the Year once.
Till date, Michael Jordan is still the leader in points, rebounds, assists, and steals in the history of the Chicago Bulls.
Scottie Pippen (1987-1998, 2003-2004)
A lot of his career was spent in Jordan’s shadow, but Pippen’s quality is undeniable. One of the best perimeter defenders in the history of the NBA, Pippen was also one of the most versatile. In the 94/94 season, one of the seasons Jordan was away, Pippen led the Chicago Bulls in points, assists, rebounds, steals and blocks, making him one of the few players in NBA history to ever achieve that feat. He was also selected to 7 All-Star teams, in 3 All-NBA First Teams, 8 All-Defensive First Teams, winning 6 championships during his years with the Chicago Bulls.
Jerry Sloan (1966-1976)
In the 1966 draft, the Chicago Bulls picked Jerry Sloan with their first selection, and they never had reason to regret their choice. He had good scoring averages, but he had elite rebounding ability and defense. He had the rebound stats of a center (or a power forward), and he was named in two All-Defensive First Team, along with two appearances in the Second Team. Sloan also led his team to 8 consecutive playoff appearances and was selected for the All-Star Team twice. He was the first Chicago Bulls player to have his jersey retired by the team.
Bob Love (1968-1976)
Bob Love was a truly versatile player. He was one of first power forwards that scored consistently, and he combined his scoring prowess with the speed of a shooting guard. During his time with the Chicago Bulls, he was selected to the All-Star Team 3 times, along with 2 selections to the All-Defensive Second Team. Bob Love is still the third highest point scorer in Bulls’ history, and has the 8th highest rebounds.
Derrick Rose (2008-2016)
In a career that has been riddled with one injury after another, it easy to forget how good Derrick Rose really is. Injuries kept him out of the team for years, but in the years that he was active, he accomplished more in the NBA than most players do in their career. The only Bulls player since Jordan to win the MVP, Rose remain the youngest ever winner of the MVP in NBA history.
The most successful coach in the history of the NBA, Jackson won 6 Championships with the Chicago Bulls. He presided over their most successful period and also coached some of the biggest names in the Bulls’ history.
Motta was the Bulls’ second ever coach and he took the team to six consecutive playoff appearances. He is credited for the winning tradition of the franchise.