Chicago Bulls Tickets
The Chicago Bulls dominated the NBA during the1990-2000 decade and won six championships between 1991 and 1998. They won an astounding two “three-peats” under the eye of legendary coach Phil Jackson, with the help of their famous Jordan-Pippen duo. Despite not being able to achieve that level of success yet, the current team is on the way up and is slowly becoming a force to be reckoned with.
The team had a bright start in the NBA, despite not making any major headway in the championship race. However, the foundations of a strong program had been laid down, something that later generations of Bulls players could build upon. The team had their first success in the 1975 season, when they won the Division title. They made it to the Conference finals but were beaten 4-3 by the Golden State Warriors.
The Bulls had a somewhat dismal run the following seasons, as they failed to capitalize on their good start to their NBA career. Their fortunes would however change with the 1984 NBA Draft, during which they picked shooting guard Michael Jordan.
Michael Jordan Era
Jordan’s rookie year with the Bulls saw him setting new franchise records for most steals and scoring. He led the Bulls to the playoffs but they lost in four games to the Milwaukee Bucks. The following years, the Bulls were able to make it the Playoffs again and again, but success eluded them.
In the 89-90 season Phil Jackson was promoted to the position of head coach. This led to a revival of their fortunes, as the Bulls, led by Jordan, were able to complete a “three-peat” in the following seasons (1991-1993). A three-peat refers to three back to back NBA title wins. No other team had been able to do achieve a three-peat since the legendary Celtics team of the 1960’s.
Jordan shocked the world community in 1994, by announcing his retirement from basketball in 1994 following his father’s murder. However he came out of retirement in 1995 and helped the Bulls to an amazing second three-peat, as they won the championship again during the 95-98 seasons.
Despite sharing rivalries with many teams such as the Miami Heat and the New York Nicks, the Bulls’ main rivals have been the Detroit Pistons. Their rivalry began during 1988 when the Pistons knocked out the Michael Jordan led Bulls in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Since then the two teams met in the playoffs for four consecutive years, with the Pistons winning every time. However the Bulls came out on top during the 1991 Conference finals when they beat they swept aside the defending champions in straight games. The rivalry was one of the most intense in NBA history, as extremely strong physical displays were put up by both teams, and the fans vocally backing each team. For Chicago fans, “Detroit Sucks” was commonly chanted during games.
Following the retirement of Jordan, the Bulls had a slump in form and did not have any notable seasons until the arrival of Derrick Rose in 2008. Rose, who was considered as one of the best talents to emerge on the scene, led a Bulls revival and was named the regular season MVP in the 2010-2011 season.
During the 2011-2012 season, new coach Tom Thibodeau coached the Bulls to 62 wins in his debut season. In 2011 and 2012, the Bulls won back to back division titles and were considered strong challengers for the NBA crown. Unfortunately for the Bulls, they would come up short against the dominant Miami Heat, who were simply decimating all teams in their path at the time and managed to reach the NBA finals in four consecutive years from 2011-2014.
However, the Bulls have remained in playoff contention for the last seven years, but have failed to go deep into the playoffs since the 2011 season, when they reached the conference finals.
During the 2014-2015 season, the Bulls posted a 50-32 overall record and finished second in their division and third in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls progressed to the Conference Semifinals after defeating the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round but lost the Conference Semis against the eventual NBA champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
At the start of the 2015-2016 season, the team underwent a major change; they appointed a new Head Coach in Fred Hoiberg, who was chosen as the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2012, and it was up to him to steer their talented roster to the elusive national championship. However, things didn’t turn out quite right for the team as they failed to reach the post season for the first time in eight years. The Bulls will certainly be hurting after last season’s unexpected showing and experts believe that the team will bounce back in the 2016-2017 season, considering they have a supremely talented roster.
To catch this legendary franchise live in action during the current season, buy Chicago Bulls tickets and get a chance to witness quality basketball games, as the Bulls take on some of the best teams in the NBA.