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Bulls Timeline

1966

Chicago Team Creation

The Chicago Bulls are the third NBA franchise in Chicago, after the Packers–Zephyrs (now the Washington Wizards) and the Stags (1946–50). The Bulls' founder, Dick Klein, was the Bulls' only owner to ever play professional basketball (for the Chicago American Gears). He served as the Bulls' president and general manager in their beginning years. The team started in the 1966 - 1967 NBA season, and posted the best record by an expansion team in NBA history. Coached by Chicagoan and former NBA star Johnny "Red" Kerr, and led by former NBA assist leader Guy Rodgers and forward Bob Boozer, the Bulls qualified for the playoffs, the only NBA team to do so in their first season.
1984

Drafted Jordan

In the summer of 1984, the Bulls had the third pick of the 1984 NBA Draft, after Houston and Portland. The Rockets selected Hakeem Olajuwon, the Blazers picked Sam Bowie and the Bulls chose shooting guard Michael Jordan. The team, with new management in owner Jerry Reinsdorf and general manager Jerry Krause, decided to rebuild around Jordan. Jordan set franchise records during his rookie campaign for scoring (third in the league) and steals (fourth), and led the Bulls back to the playoffs, where they lost in four games to the Milwaukee Bucks. For his efforts, he was rewarded with a selection to the All-NBA Second Team and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
1993

Jordan's First Retirement

During the fall of 1993, Jordan shocked the basketball community by announcing his retirement, only months after learning of his father's murder.
1995

Move in to United Center

The plan to build the arena was created by Blackhawks owner Bill Wirtz and Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf. The United Center's predecessor was the indoor Chicago Stadium, the original "Madhouse on Madison", which was demolished after the newer arena opened for business on August 18, 1994. United Center is an indoor sports arena located in Chicago, Illinois. The United Center is home to the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1998

NBA Finals Winners - 6 NBA Finals Wins

NBA Finals - 1998
The 1998 NBA Finals was the championship round of the National Basketball Association's 1997 - 1998 season. The Chicago Bulls of the Eastern Conference played against the Utah Jazz of the Western Conference, with the Jazz holding home-court advantage with the first 2 games in Salt Lake City. In a repeat of the previous year's Finals, the Bulls won the series 4 games to 2 for their third consecutive NBA title and their sixth in eight seasons. Michael Jordan was voted the Most Valuable Player of the series (he also had won the award the last five times the Bulls won the Finals: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, and 1997).

NBA Finals - 1997
The 1997 NBA Finals was the concluding series of the 1997 NBA Playoffs that determined the champion of the 1996 - 1997 NBA season. The Utah Jazz of the Western Conference took on the Chicago Bulls of the Eastern Conference for the title, with the Bulls holding home court advantage. The series was played under a best-of-seven format, in the 2-3-2 NBA Finals format, with the first 2 games in Chicago, then 3 games in a row in Salt Lake City and the last 2 in Chicago. The Bulls won the series 4 games to 2. For the fifth time in as many Finals appearances, Michael Jordan was named Finals MVP.

NBA Finals - 1996
The 1996 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 1995 - 1996 NBA season of the National Basketball Association. The Seattle SuperSonics (64–18) of the Western Conference took on the Chicago Bulls (72–10) of the Eastern Conference, with the Bulls holding home court advantage. The teams' 136 combined regular season wins shattered the previous record of 125 set in 1985. The series was played under a best-of-seven format. Chicago won the series 4 games to 2. Michael Jordan was named Finals MVP.

NBA Finals - 1993
The 1993 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1992 - 1993 NBA season, featuring the Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, and the Phoenix Suns, winners of 62 games and led by regular season MVP Charles Barkley. The Bulls became the first team since the legendary Boston Celtics of the 1960s to win three consecutive championship titles, clinching the "three-peat" with John Paxson's game-winning 3-pointer that gave them a 99–98 victory in Game 6. This series was also notable in that the road team won each game, with the exception of Chicago in Game 4.

NBA Finals - 1992
The 1992 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1991 - 1992 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls of the Eastern Conference took on the Portland Trail Blazers of the Western Conference for the title, with Chicago having home court advantage, as they had the best record in the NBA. The Bulls would go on to win the series in six games. Michael Jordan was named Finals Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row, to go with his sixth straight regular season scoring titles.

NBA Finals - 1991
The Chicago Bulls of the Eastern Conference took on the Los Angeles Lakers of the Western Conference for the title, with Chicago having home court advantage. This Finals was Michael Jordan's first NBA Finals appearance, Magic Johnson's last one, and the last NBA Finals trip of the Lakers until 2000. The Bulls would win the series 4-1. Jordan averaged 31.2 points on 56% shooting, 11.4 assists, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 1.4 blocks en route to his first NBA Finals MVP Award.
2008

Arrival of Derrick Rose

With a slim 1.7% chance of winning the rights to draft number 1, the Bulls won the 2008 NBA Draft Lottery and selected first overall. With this, the Bulls became the team with the lowest chance of winning to ever win the lottery since it was modified for the 1994 NBA Draft, and second lowest ever. On June 26, 2008, the Bulls drafted Chicago native Derrick Rose from the University of Memphis as the number 1 draft pick.

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Team Information Team History

City:
Chicago

Nickname:
Bulls - Dick Klein wanted a name that evoked Chicago's traditional meat packing industry and the Chicago Stadium's proximity to the Union Stock Yards. Klein considered names like Matadors or Toreadors, but dismissed them, saying, "If you think about it, no team with as many as three syllables in its nickname has ever had much success except for the Montreal Canadiens."

Arena:
United Center
1994 - present
Chicago Stadium
1967 - 1994
International Amphitheatre
1966

Owner:
Jerry Reinsdorf
1985 - present
Bill Wirtz
1983 - 1985
Arthur Wirtz
1972 - 1983
Dick Klein
1966 - 1972

Established: 1966

League History:
National Basketball Association
1966 - present

Team History:
Chicago Bulls
1966 - present

NBA Championships: 6
1998, 1997, 1996, 1993, 1992, 1991

Retired Numbers:
4 Jerry Sloan
10 Bob Love
23 Michael Jordan
33 Scottie Pippen
- Phil Jackson
- Johnny Kerr
- Jerry Krause

Mascots: 1969 - present

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+3 #1 Petunia 2016-11-21 18:47
The Chicago Bulls is a great team...who agrees?? :-)
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