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The Chicago Bulls are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Chicago, Illinois. Dick Klein founded the Bulls in 1966 after six other professional basketball teams in Chicago had failed.[1][a] In their 43 seasons, the Bulls have achieved a winning record 20 times, and have appeared in the NBA playoffs 28 times.[2] They received international recognition in the 1990s when All-Star shooting guard Michael Jordan led them to their six league championships.[3] The only NBA franchises that have won more championships than the Bulls are the Boston Celtics (17 championships) and Los Angeles Lakers (15).[4]

The Bulls initially competed in the NBA's Western Division. The Western Division was renamed the Western Conference in 1970, and was split into the Midwest and Pacific Divisions. The Bulls played in the Midwest Division until 1980, when they moved to the Central Division of the Eastern Conference.[5]

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History of the Bulls

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Early years

During their inaugural season (1966–67), the Bulls compiled a 33–48 record under coach Johnny "Red" Kerr and reached the playoffs. This was the best record achieved by an NBA expansion team in its first year of play, a feat which earned Kerr the NBA Coach of the Year Award. Dick Motta replaced Kerr in 1969, and under his leadership, the Bulls appeared in the playoffs every year from 1970 to 1975. The team reached the Western Conference Finals in 1974 and 1975, but lost to the Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors, respectively. Key players during the Motta era included Jerry Sloan, Bob Love, Chet Walker, Norm Van Lier, and Tom Boerwinkle.[6]

The Bulls qualified for the playoffs just twice between 1976 and 1984, a period in which the team used eight different head coaches, including former player Jerry Sloan.[7] They had a chance to win the first pick of the 1979 NBA Draft, which would have allowed them to select future Hall of Famer Magic Johnson. However, they lost a coin flip to the Los Angeles Lakers, and went on to choose David Greenwood with the second pick. Although Greenwood averaged 12.6 points over six seasons with the Bulls, he never became an NBA All-Star.[8]

Jordan era

Michael Jordan preparing to dunk the basketball
Michael Jordan led the Bulls to their six championships.

The Bulls' luck turned for the better after selecting Michael Jordan with the third overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft.[6] Now considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time,[9] Jordan averaged 28.2 points per game during his first season and received the 1985 NBA Rookie of the Year. From 1985 onwards, the Bulls reached the playoffs every season he was on the team's roster. However, Jordan could not lead the Bulls past the first round of the playoffs by himself, so in 1987, general manager Jerry Krause acquired Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant at that summer's draft. These two young forwards could complement Jordan with their scoring, defense, and rebounding. In 1989, the Bulls played in their first conference finals series since 1975, losing to the Detroit Pistons. Coach Phil Jackson joined the Bulls after that season, and in 1991, the team won their first of three consecutive NBA championships by defeating Magic Johnson and the Lakers.[6]

Michael Jordan suddenly retired from basketball in October 1993 and embarked upon a career in minor league baseball. Although the Bulls signed European standout Toni Kukoč to help alleviate the loss, they could not extend their championship streak, falling to the New York Knicks in the 1994 Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Bulls then lost Horace Grant, who signed with the Orlando Magic as a free agent during the summer of 1994.[6] However, Jordan returned to the Bulls in March 1995, and with the added help of rebounding specialist Dennis Rodman, the team won three more championships from 1996 to 1998.[9] The 1995–96 Bulls won a record 72 regular season games (out of 82)[10] and are widely regarded as one of the greatest teams in NBA history.[11]

Post-Jordan era

After the Bulls won their sixth championship, Phil Jackson decided to leave the team and spend some time away from basketball. Michael Jordan then announced his second retirement, which prompted general manager Jerry Krause to begin rebuilding the roster with younger athletes. Six players from the 1997–98 Bulls (Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Steve Kerr, Luc Longley, Jud Buechler,[6] and Scott Burrell[12]) joined other teams through free agency or sign-and-trade deals, and with few established players left on the roster, the Bulls missed the 1999 playoffs. This began a six-year playoff drought, the longest such drought in team history.[6]

The Bulls showed signs of improvement after hiring coach Scott Skiles in 2003, reaching the playoffs in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Some of the primary contributors on those teams were Ben Gordon, Luol Deng, and Kirk Hinrich.[6] The Bulls' new playoff streak ended in 2008, when the team finished fourth in their division with a 33–49 record. After the season, the team hired a new coach, Vinny Del Negro.[13] The Bulls' poor record did help them win the 2008 NBA Draft Lottery, which allowed them to select Derrick Rose with the first pick in the NBA Draft.[14][15] They made the 2009 NBA Playoffs, only to lose in a seven-game series against the Boston Celtics which included a record seven overtime periods.[16]

Table key

Kirk Hinrich at a game
Kirk Hinrich, a member of the Bulls since 2003
AMVP
All-Star Game Most Valuable Player
COY
Coach of the Year
DPOY
Defensive Player of the Year
Finish
Final position in division standings
GB
Games behind first-place team in division[b]
Italics
Season in progress
Losses
Number of regular season losses
EOY
Executive of the Year
FMVP
Finals Most Valuable Player
MVP
Most Valuable Player
ROY
Rookie of the Year
SIX
Sixth Man of the Year
SPOR
Sportsmanship Award
Wins
Number of regular season wins

Seasons

Note: Statistics are correct as of the 2008–09 NBA season.

NBA Champions Conference Champions * Division Champions ^ Playoff Berth ¤
Season Conference Division Finish Wins Losses Win% GB Playoffs Awards
1966–67 Western 4th ¤ 33 48 .407 11 Lost Western Division Semifinals to St. Louis Hawks, 3–0[17] Johnny Kerr
(COY)[6]
1967–68 Western 4th ¤ 29 53 .354 27 Lost Western Division Semifinals to Los Angeles Lakers, 4–1[18]
1968–69 Western 5th 33 49 .402 22
1969–70 Western 3rd ¤ 39 43 .476 9 Lost Western Division Semifinals to Atlanta Hawks, 4–1[19]
1970–71 Western Midwest[c] 2nd ¤ 51 31 .622 2 Lost Western Conference Semifinals to Los Angeles Lakers, 4–3[20] Dick Motta
(COY)[6]
1971–72 Western Midwest 2nd ¤ 57 25 .695 6 Lost Western Conference Semifinals to Los Angeles Lakers, 4–0[21]
1972–73 Western Midwest 2nd ¤ 51 31 .622 9 Lost Western Conference Semifinals to Los Angeles Lakers, 4–3[22]
1973–74 Western Midwest 2nd ¤ 54 28 .659 9 Won Western Conference Semifinals vs. Detroit Pistons, 4–3
Lost Western Conference Finals to Milwaukee Bucks, 4–0[23]
1974–75 Western Midwest ^ 1st ^ 47 35 .573 Won Western Conference Semifinals vs. Kansas City-Omaha Kings, 4–2
Lost Western Conference Finals to Golden State Warriors, 4–3[24]
1975–76 Western Midwest 4th 24 58 .293 14
1976–77 Western Midwest 2nd ¤ 44 38 .537 6 Lost Western Conference First Round to Portland Trail Blazers, 2–1[25]
1977–78 Western Midwest 3rd 40 42 .488 8
1978–79 Western Midwest 5th 31 51 .378 17
1979–80 Western Midwest 3rd 30 52 .366 19
1980–81 Eastern Central[d] 2nd ¤ 45 37 .549 15 Won Eastern Conference First Round vs. New York Knicks, 2–0
Lost Eastern Conference Semifinals to Boston Celtics, 4–0[26]
1981–82 Eastern Central 5th 34 48 .415 21
1982–83 Eastern Central 4th 28 54 .341 23
1983–84 Eastern Central 5th 27 55 .329 23
1984–85 Eastern Central 3rd ¤ 38 44 .463 21 Lost Eastern Conference First Round to Milwaukee Bucks, 3–1[27] Michael Jordan
(ROY)[6]
1985–86 Eastern Central 4th ¤ 30 52 .366 27 Lost Eastern Conference First Round to Boston Celtics, 3–0[28]
1986–87 Eastern Central 5th ¤ 40 42 .488 17 Lost Eastern Conference First Round to Boston Celtics, 3–0[29]
1987–88 Eastern Central 2nd ¤ 50 32 .610 4 Won Eastern Conference First Round vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 3–2
Lost Eastern Conference Semifinals to Detroit Pistons, 4–1[30]
Jerry Krause (EOY)
Michael Jordan
(AMVP, DPOY, & MVP)[31][6]
1988–89 Eastern Central 5th ¤ 47 35 .573 16 Won Eastern Conference First Round vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 3–2
Won Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. New York Knicks, 4–2
Lost Eastern Conference Finals to Detroit Pistons, 4–2[32]
1989–90 Eastern Central 2nd ¤ 55 27 .671 4 Won Eastern Conference First Round vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 3–1
Won Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 4–1
Lost Eastern Conference Finals to Detroit Pistons, 4–3[33]
1990–91 Eastern * Central ^ 1st † 61 21 .744 Won Eastern Conference First Round vs. New York Knicks, 3–0
Won Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 4–1
Won Eastern Conference Finals vs. Detroit Pistons, 4–0
Won NBA Finals vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 4–1[34]
Michael Jordan
(FMVP & MVP)[6]
1991–92 Eastern * Central ^ 1st † 67 15 .817 Won Eastern Conference First Round vs. Miami Heat, 3–0
Won Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. New York Knicks, 4–3
Won Eastern Conference Finals vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 4–2
Won NBA Finals vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 4–2[35]
Michael Jordan
(FMVP & MVP)[6]
1992–93 Eastern * Central ^ 1st † 57 25 .695 Won Eastern Conference First Round vs. Atlanta Hawks, 3–0
Won Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 4–0
Won Eastern Conference Finals, vs. New York Knicks, 4–2
Won NBA Finals vs. Phoenix Suns, 4–2[36]
Michael Jordan
(FMVP)[6]
1993–94 Eastern Central 2nd ¤ 55 27 .671 2 Won Eastern Conference First Round vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 3–0
Lost Eastern Conference Semifinals to New York Knicks, 4–3[37]
Scottie Pippen
(AMVP)[6]
1994–95 Eastern Central 3rd ¤ 47 35 .573 5 Won Eastern Conference First Round vs. Charlotte Hornets, 3–1
Lost Eastern Conference Semifinals to Orlando Magic, 4–2[38]
1995–96 Eastern * Central ^ 1st † 72 10 .878 Won Eastern Conference First Round vs. Miami Heat, 3–0
Won Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. New York Knicks, 4–1
Won Eastern Conference Finals vs. Orlando Magic, 4–0
Won NBA Finals vs. Seattle SuperSonics, 4–2[39]
Phil Jackson (COY)
Jerry Krause (EOY)
Michael Jordan
(AMVP, FMVP, & MVP)
Toni Kukoč (SIX)
[31][6]
1996–97 Eastern * Central ^ 1st † 69 13 .841 Won Eastern Conference First Round vs. Washington Bullets, 3–0
Won Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Atlanta Hawks, 4–1
Won Eastern Conference Finals vs. Miami Heat, 4–1
Won NBA Finals vs. Utah Jazz, 4–2[40]
Michael Jordan
(FMVP)[6]
1997–98 Eastern * Central ^ 1st † 62 20 .756 Won Eastern Conference First Round vs. New Jersey, 3–0
Won Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Charlotte Hornets, 4–1
Won Eastern Conference Finals vs. Indiana Pacers, 4–3
Won NBA Finals vs Utah Jazz, 4–2[41]
Michael Jordan
(AMVP, FMVP, & MVP)[6]
1998–99[e] Eastern Central 8th 13 37 .260 20
1999–00 Eastern Central 8th 17 65 .207 39 Elton Brand[f]
(ROY)[6]
2000–01 Eastern Central 8th 15 67 .183 37
2001–02 Eastern Central 8th 21 61 .256 29
2002–03 Eastern Central 6th 30 52 .366 20
2003–04 Eastern Central 8th 23 59 .280 38
2004–05 Eastern Central 2nd ¤ 47 35 .573 7 Lost Eastern Conference First Round to Washington Wizards 4–2[42] Ben Gordon
(SIX)[6]
2005–06 Eastern Central 4th ¤ 41 41 .500 23 Lost Eastern Conference First Round to Miami Heat 4–2[43]
2006–07 Eastern Central 3rd ¤ 49 33 .598 4 Won Eastern Conference First Round vs. Miami Heat, 4–0
Lost Eastern Conference Semifinals to Detroit Pistons, 4–2[44]
Luol Deng
(SPOR)[6]
2007–08 Eastern Central 4th 33 49 .402 26
2008–09 Eastern Central 2nd ¤ 41 41 .500 25 Lost Eastern Conference First Round to Boston Celtics 4–3 Derrick Rose
(ROY)[45]
2009–10 Eastern Central

All-time records

Statistic Wins Losses Win%
Chicago Bulls regular season record (1966–present) 1777 1716 .509
Chicago Bulls post-season record (1966–present) 160 122 .567
All-time regular and post-season record 1937 1838 .513

Note: Statistics are correct as of the 2008–09 NBA season.

Notes

Sources

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