History of the Chicago Bulls
The National Basketball Association announced on May 3, 2011 that Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose was the winner of the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the 2010-11 Kia Most Valuable Player Award. At 22 years old, Rose was the youngest MVP in NBA history (22 years-191 days on the final day of the regular season; previously Wes Unseld in 1969, 23 years-9 days). Rose also became the second Bull to win the award, as he joined five-time winner Michael Jordan as the only Bulls to be named league MVP in team history.
- Sam Smith: Rose is Most Valuable Player… and person
- NBA Commissioner Stern presents Rose with NBA MVP award
Michael Jeffrey Jordan turned 50 on Feb. 17, 2013, prompting trips down memory lane not only in Chicago, but across the nation and around the world. Bulls.com took a look back at his life, including that “Love of the Game” clause, MJ's best 12 days on the court, 50 vintage Jordan photos, and thoughts from Scottie Pippen as he prepared to celebrate his former teammate's birthday with the man himself.
Bulls celebrate 20th anniversary of 1st three NBA titles
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of their first NBA Championship in 1991, the Chicago Bulls welcomed back former players and coaches from the 1990-91 season for a recognition ceremony during halftime at their March 12, 2011 game versus the Utah Jazz.
Bulls’ legends and Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen attended and participated in the celebration, along with John Paxson, Horace Grant, Stacey King, Craig Hodges, Will Purdue, Scott Williams, Cliff Levingston, Dennis Hopson and Assistant Coach Johnny Bach. The 1990-91 team finished with a 61-21 record and won the NBA Championship on June 12, 1991 by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 in the NBA Finals.
- Photo gallery: 1990-91 team reunites at the United Center
- Michael Jordan: Another six titles possible for Bulls
- Top 20 moments of the Bulls' 1990-91 season
- Joy, relief and love: Words uses to reflect on the Bulls' 1990-91 championship run
- Real man Horace Grant still wearing red
- Scottie Pippen and Bulls first had to beat the hated Pistons
- John Paxson: Earning Michael Jordan’s trust key to Bulls’ first title
- Scottie Pippen and the 1991-92 Chicago Bulls
- Top 20 moments of Bulls' 1991-92 championship season
- No SI cover jinx for Jordan and the Bulls
- John Paxson: Unlikely hero as Bulls claimed three-peat
- Scottie Pippen: Twenty years later, superstar forward recalls first three-peat season
- Top 20 moments of Bulls' 1992-93 championship season
- Three the hard way: Bulls' third title was no foregone conclusion
Bulls legend Michael Jordan, basketball’s greatest player ever, was among a class of five enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 11. The Class of 2009, which also included Jerry Sloan, John Stockton, C. Vivian Stringer and David Robinson, was inducted during festivities in Springfield, MA.
- Sam Smith: Michael Jordan gives a Hall of Fame address | Video of the speech
- Bulls honor Michael Jordan, Jerry Sloan, Johnny "Red" Kerr and Doug Collins
- Also: Jerry Sloan, Mr. Chicago Bull enters the Hall of Fame
- Scottie Pippen: Jordan always ready to pull up his boots
- For B.J. Armstrong, defining moment for Jordan was in defeat
- Toni Kukoc finds playing with MJ worth the wait
- The time Bill Wennington blocked Jordan's shot...
- John Paxson: Jordan was never afraid of failing
- Jerry Reinsdorf: Jordan's will to win made him the best
- Phil Jackson: Jordan's contributions will never be eclipsed
- Rod Thorn: Drafted Jordan at No. 3 in 1984
- Complete coverage: Jordan's seasons, teammates, highlights and organization
The final chapter of the unlikely story of Scottie Pippen’s playing career essentially came to fruition on Aug. 13, 2010, when the Bulls legend was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Remembered as perhaps one of the best complimentary players in league history but a superstar in his own right, Pippen delivered an eight-minute speech during the enshrinement ceremony at Symphony Hall in Springfield, Mass., in which he thanked several individuals who helped him arrive at that moment and recalled the Bulls’ dynasty of the 1990s.
- Pippen delivers his Hall of Fame speech | En Espanol: Simplemente ‘Pip’
- Pippen joins game’s greats in basketball’s Hall of Fame
- Rodman: Don’t compare LeBron to Pippen
- Paxson: Pippen was a very encouraging teammate
- Sam Smith: No one tougher than Scottie Pippen
- Comcast SportsNet to re-broadcast of 1994 NBA All-Star Game
- Grant: Pippen had the hunger to be great
- Jordan to present Pippen at Hall of Fame
- Wayne: Pippen is making Hamburg proud
- Dyer: Socks and jocks to the Hall of Fame for Pippen
- Reinsdorf: ‘It took Scottie to put us over the top’
- Myers: Pippen was the Jack of all trades
- Armstrong: Tough to match up with Pippen’s versatility
- Wennington says Pippen was his favorite teammate
- Jackson calls Pippen an 'obvious choice' for Hall of Fame
- Jordan, Bird and Paxson offer praise for Pippen
- Hall of Fame the final chapter for Pippen
- Pippen beat the odds to land in Hall of Fame
- Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announces Class of 2010
- Reinsdorf expected Pippen to get Hall of Fame call
Former Chicago Bulls Artis Gilmore, assistant coach Tex Winter and Dennis Rodman entered the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Aug. 12, 2011.
- Rodman repentant in emotional Hall of Fame speech
- Winter could pave the way for other assistants
- Winter's enshrinement a gift for everyone
- Pippen and Paxson: Winter and the pursuit of perfection
- Rodman and Class of 2011 ready to rock the Hall of Fame
- McIntyre and Durham honored by the Hall of Fame
- John Paxson: In the end, Bulls a perfect fit for Rodman
- All aboard to Springfield for the A-Train
- Scottie Pippen: Rodman did it his way; truly deserving of Hall of Fame
- NBA's Brian McIntyre brilliant at walking the line
- Former Bulls broadcaster Durham heads to the Hall of Fame
- Winter's basketball philosophy and triangle offense products of equal opportunity
- Rodman was different -- in a good way
Chet Walker was Michael Jordan for the Bulls back then, though a more demure version. Chet didn’t have the shoes. Heck, he wore the same ones everyone did, the Chuck Taylors named for a shoe salesman. He didn’t display the spectacle, the splashy flash of an explosive takeoff that left a public and media aghast. But the production was there, as were the results.
In 2012, decades after he played, Walker was enshrined as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In addition, Sam Smith, the long-time NBA writer for the Chicago Tribune, received the Curt Gowdy Media Award.
- Chet Walker joins basketball greats in the Hall of Fame
- Sam Smith honored by basketball’s Hall of Fame
- Sam Smith’s Hall of Fame speech (09.06.2012)
- The life and times of Sam Smith
- Phil Jackson and Sam Smith's relationship dates back to coach's early CBA days
- David Axelrod recalls Sam Smith’s first years at the Tribune
- Also: Pat Williams helped save pro basketball in Chicago
Throughout his career, Scottie Pippen was often overshadowed by his seemingly immortal teammate, Michael Jordan. That wasn't the case on Dec. 9, 2005, though, as Pippen, Jordan and several others gathered to see his number 33 retired. Bulls.com met with Pippen, one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players of All-Time, to discuss his accolade-filled career, his future and more.
Longtime team broadcaster Johnny “Red” Kerr was honored for his career achievements and 35 years of service to the Bulls organization during a halftime ceremony on Feb. 10, 2009. Kerr, a native of Chicago, was part of the Bulls organization in various capacities for 35 of the franchise’s 43 seasons, most notably as a team broadcaster for more than 30 years.
- Bulls legend Johnny "Red" Kerr | 1932 - 2009
- Photos: Tribute to Red Kerr | Life and Times
- President Obama and Michael Jordan honor Johnny Kerr
- Sam Smith: Johnny Kerr the original iron man
- Also: Kerr receives 2009 Hall of Fame Bunn Award
"Norm Van Lier was one of the all-time greats ever to put on a Chicago Bulls uniform,” said Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf of Van Lier's passing on Feb. 26, 2009. “Along with Jerry Sloan, he set a standard for Bulls defense and toughness which we will never forget and which we will always strive to replicate."
- From the Archives: Norm Van Lier: My most memoraBull game
Take a trip through Bulls history, from their impressive 1966 debut through the dynasty of the 1990s to the drafting of Derrick Rose in 2008.
Opened on March 28, 1929, the Chicago Stadium served as the home of the Chicago Bulls (1967-1994) and the Chicago Blackhawks (1929-1994) through the end of their respective seasons in 1994.
Phil Jackson, who led the Bulls and Lakers to a record nine NBA titles, was among the newest members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2007 on April 2, 2007.
Can you name all of the Chicago Bulls’ retired numbers? There are six… Jordan is an easy one, but what about the other five? Click here now to see the individuals whose banners grace the United Center rafters.
For Bulls fans, the bridge between the 1980s and 1990s is the unforgettable 1991 NBA Finals, when, somewhere in the second half of Game 5 versus the L.A. Lakers, father turned to son, daughter to mother, and Bulls fan to Bulls fan, all asking, in genuine bewilderment: “Can this really be happening? Are we about to win an NBA title?”
Of course, Michael Jordan would be in attendance. Why wouldn’t he be? This wasn’t just any regular season game. It was Scottie Pippen Night, complete with a halftime ceremony during which Pip’s number “33” would become only the fourth jersey ever retired by the Chicago Bulls.
Richard Klein, the Chicago basketball club’s first owner, chose Bulls as the nickname for his team when it joined the NBA in 1966, becoming the league’s 10th franchise.
"The most memorable game of my career wasn’t a championship or an uncanny shooting night. It wasn’t even a victory. It actually was the most heartbreaking loss I’ve ever known."
Season highlights from each of MJ's seasons with the Bulls, his finest moments and much more.
- Jordan's memorable moments
- How many has Michael made?
- Jordan video archive
- The numbers: MJ's career stats
When you sneak a peek into the Basketball Hall of Fame, there’s a name of a notoriously quiet player that shouts out in absentia. Few players were as powerful and consistent on both ends of the floor as Artis Gilmore, and, while there are centers with more titles, MVP awards and higher profiles, you can count the pivotmen with more outstanding overall careers as the A-Train’s on one hand.
"It’s been 32 years since I made my debut with the Bulls, and what an entrance it was—better than my wildest expectations: 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists, and 12 blocked shots. I notched the first 'official' quadruple-double in NBA history. And as I look back on it now, it feels a little strange to be known as the first person ever to get a quadruple-double in an NBA game."
To help celebrate the 60th anniversary of pro basketball in the Windy City, the NBA and the Bulls stepped back in time by breaking out a set of vintage Chicago Stag uniforms.
The first half of the 1970s had proved to be the glory years for the Bulls, who came within a ball bounce or two of making the 1975 NBA Finals. Nearly a decade later, the club finally began to right its course. The captain of that ship was Michael Jordan, first fighting off the talent-rich Cavaliers, and, later, a band of Bad Boys from Motown—the Pistons.
"As the game heated up, the atmosphere in the Stadium did as well," Reggie Theus said of a Bulls-Knicks match-up in 1981. "I was a little concerned that a part of the building might collapse, or least one or two of the old rickety rafters might fall down. The noise was deafening in there."
In the first of a three-part series, Bulls.com turns back the hands of time to revisit the franchise’s most heated rivalries. Part I: The 1970s. No matter how powerful the Bulls were, teams from L.A. and Milwaukee continually conspired to keep out them out of the Finals.
"It was a huge thrill to come so close to the NBA Finals, as we did in 1974 and 1975, even if we fell a little short," recalls Tom Boerwinkle. "But my favorite game with the Bulls—a game that gave new meaning to home-court advantage—came more than 35 years ago, on January 8, 1970."
From when the Bulls played their first ever game at the Chicago Amphitheater to when MJ scored 63, it's all here!
It took a long road before the Chicago Bulls and their fans became acquainted with sellout crowds and championship rings.