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
- Complete coverage: Jordan's seasons, teammates, highlights and organization
Honoring 33: Throughout his career, Scottie Pippen was often overshadowed by his seemingly immortal teammate, Michael Jordan. That wasn't the case on 12.09.06, 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.
- Photo Gallery: Pippen's 33 Retired | Video: Watch the jersey retirement ceremony
- Interview with Pippen: Greatest Teammate Gets His Due
- Scottie Pippen's Top 10 Greatest Moments
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
- Video: Watch the entire halftime ceremony to honor "Red" Kerr
- 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."
Take a trip through Bulls history, from their impressive 1966 debut through the dynasty of the 1990s to the team's return to the playoffs in 2005.
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?”
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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.
- Draft Central 2007: With the 9th pick, the Bulls selected Joakim Noah, a 6-11, 232-pound standout and two-time national champion at the University of Florida, then added Aaron Gray (No. 49 overall) and JamesOn Curry (No. 51 overall) in the second round.
- Draft Central 2006: Armed with a pair of draft picks, Chicago made two deals and ended up with a trio of players: Tyrus Thomas, Thabo Sefolosha and Viktor Khryapa.
- Draft Central 2004: The Bulls selected guard Ben Gordon with the 3rd overall pick, then traded for forward Luol Deng, the Draft's 7th overall selection.
- Draft Central 2003: Chicago selected guard Kirk Hinrich with the 7th overall pick in NBA Draft 2003.
- Draft Central 2002: The Bulls selected guard Jay Williams with the 2nd pick in NBA Draft 2002.
- Draft Central 2001: Besides acquiring the rights to No. 2 pick Tyson Chandler and Brian Skinner in a trade with the Clippers for Elton Brand, the Bulls also selected center Eddy Curry at No. 4.
- Summer League 2007: Joakim Noah sat out due to a shoulder injury, but sophomores Tyrus Thomas (16.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 4.7 bpg) and Thabo Sefolosha (15.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.8 apg) impressed.
- Summer League 2006: Rookies Tyrus Thomas (16.2 ppg and 7.0 rpg) and Thabo Sefolosha (16.0 ppg and 3.5 spg) made their debuts.
- Summer League 2004: Ben Gordon (13.5 ppg) and RMR first teamer Luol Deng (15.4 ppg and 5.3 rpg) led the way as the Bulls went 6-1.
- Summer League 2003: Lonny Baxter earned tourney MVP honors and Kirk Hinrich made his pro debut as the Bulls finished with a RMR best 5-1 record.
- Summer League 2002: Jay Williams led the Bulls with 15.4 ppg and Eddy Curry averaged 14.0 ppg but Chicago struggled, ending up with a 2-4 record in RMR play.
- Summer League 2001: Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry's summer league squad played in two leagues, finishing with 2-4 at the RMR and 2-9 overall.
"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
- MJ JAM Highlights: 56k | 300k
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."
Just a few days after hiring Scott Skiles as the Bulls new head coach, Bulls GM John Paxson pulled the trigger on a blockbuster deal with Toronto in an effort to improve the team's defense, rebounding and toughness.
- 12/4: Q & A with John Paxson | 12/1: Davis and Williams Acquired
- 11/28: Scott Skiles Hired | 11/24: Bill Cartwright Out
- Broadcast News: Paxson named GM
- Quotes: Timing, Situation Right for Paxson
- Photos: Paxson's Press Conference
- Video from conference: 56k | 300k
- April 7: Jerry Krause Resigns
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.