Whether you are a Bulls fan or not, mind it’s hard to argue the fact that the Bulls are Chicago’s best team. When it comes to the best overall record, diagnosis consistency, clinic depth and pure talent, the Bulls have got it all. Need more proof? As we approach the start of the Playoffs, the Bulls are close to finishing the season with the best record in the NBA for the second year in a row. No other Chicago team in the last 5 years has come close to accomplishing such a feat.
Chicago is a basketball town. But just knowing that Michael Jordan played for the Bulls doesn’t cut it when it comes to must-know knowledge for Chicago’s most successful team. We’ve pulled together some critical facts that every Bulls fan must keep in their vault of sports knowledge. Familiarize yourself with these interesting Bulls facts – great for cocktail parties, impressing suitors, and during awkward drinking moments during the upcoming Playoffs.
The Michael Jordan Era: Anytime someone refers to the Bulls ‘dynasty’, they are talking about the Michael Jordan years. Jordan was unquestionably, the best Bull in the history of the game, and many argue, in the history of the sport. It was Jordan who propelled the Bulls into a world-wide household name in the 80s and 90s and gave the city 10 years of explosive sports seasons.
- With Michael Jordan playing and Phil Jackson coaching, the Bulls won 6 championships in 8 years, with two three-peats (1991-1993 and 1995-1998)
- During the 1995-96 season with Jordan, the Bulls won 72 games (out of 82) – setting an NBA record that still hasn’t been broken
- Jordan retired twice in his career – first in 1993, but returned in 1995, and for good in 1998.
- In 1992, both the Bulls and the Blackhawks were playing in the Finals at the same time (NBA Finals for the Bulls and the Stanley Cup for the Blackhawks). Both teams would lose in the Finals.
Other interesting Bulls facts:
5. The Bulls are the 3rd most valuable NBA franchise (there are 30 teams in the NBA) with an estimated value of $600 million
6. The Detroit Pistons are historically considered the Bulls’ biggest rivals due to the Jordan era in the late 80s/early 90s
7. Derrick Rose, the #1 draft pick of the Bulls in 2008 and current franchise player, is from Chicago – specifically, Englewood.
8. John Paxson, current VP of Bulls Operations, played for the Bulls in the 90s with Michael Jordan.
9. At 22 years old, Derrick Rose was the youngest recipient in the history of the NBA to receive the coveted NBA MVP award in 2011.
10. The Bulls success in the ’90s was a main driver behind the development of foodie-mecca, Randolph Street. Before the 90s, Randolph was considered skid-row and full of “hookers and hoboes”, according to restaurateur, Jerry Kleiner.