|Dennis Rodman (left) gives Michael Jordan (right) a fist bump in a Bulls game in 1996. Swing man Scotti Pippen (center) prepares to give Jordan a second first bump.|
Monday, April 21, 2014
Chicago Bulls Win 72 Games
April 21, 1996, the NBA's Chicago Bulls win, a still NBA record, 72 games.
The Bulls are the only team in NBA history to win 70 games or more in a single season.
The Bulls also hold many other records including
· Hold the record for most consecutive home games won (44 from 1994–95 through 1995–96).
· Hold the record for most consecutive home games won, start of season, 37 in 1995–96.
· Hold the record for most road games won and best overall road record in standard 41 road games, 33–8 in 1995–96.
· Hold the record for the fewest points per game in a season after 1954–55 (81.9 in 1998–99).
· Hold the record for the fewest points in a game after 1954–55 (49, April 10, 1999).
· Hold the record for largest margin of victory in a NBA Finals game (42; defeated the Utah Jazz 96–54).
· Hold the record for fewest points allowed in a NBA Finals game (54 against the Utah Jazz).
· Highest defensive rebound percentage in a playoff game (.952 against the Golden State Warriors on April 30, 1975).
· Dennis Rodman, most offensive rebounds in a NBA Finals game (11 twice against the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1996 NBA Finals).
And share several other NBA records including:
· Share lowest free throw percentage by two teams in one game (.410 with the Los Angeles Lakers, February 7, 1968).
· Share record for most personal fouls by two teams in one game (87 with the Portland Trail Blazers, March 16, 1984).
· Share the No. 2 best overall win–loss home record with 39–2 (with the Cleveland Cavaliers), achieved in both 1995–96 and 1996–97.
· Shared record: Will Perdue for fewest minutes played by a disqualified player in a playoff game (7 against the New York Knicks, May 14, 1992).
· Shared record: Two teams with the fewest players to score more than ten points in a playoff game (4 with the Miami Heat, May 24, 1997).
· Shared record: Highest free throw percentage by one team in a playoff game (1.000 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on May 19, 1992).
The Bulls are also one of the most winningest teams in NBA history earning six NBA Finals Championships, all while Jordan was on the team, for two three-peats from 1991-1993, and 1996-1998.
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 only owner to ever play professional basketball (for the Chicago Gears). He served as the Bulls' president and general manager in their first years.
The team started in the 1966–67 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.
Air Jordan and Derrick Rose have both won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award while playing for the Bulls, for a total of 6 MVP awards. Jordan has earned five, while Rose, one.
But the awards for Bulls’ players don’t end their, the Bulls have had three Rookies of the Year awarded, including Jordan, Rose and Elton Brand in 2000.
They have had the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 1995 with Tony Kukoc and 2005 with Ben Gordon as well as the NBA Coach of the Year in 1967, Johnny “Red” Kerr, 1871, Dick Motta, 1996 Phil Jackson and 2011 Tom Thibodeau.
The main rivalries for the Chicago Bulls are the Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and the Utah Jazz. All of whom became bigger rivalries during Jordan’s era with the Bulls.
The Bulls have retired four jersey’s in franchise history including guard Jerry Sloan’s number 4 jersey. Forward Bob Love’s number 10 jersey. Jordan’s iconic number 23 jersey as well teammates Pippen’s number 33 jersey.
As well jerseys have been retired for head coach Phil Jackson, who led the Bulls to all six Finals Championships, and franchise employees Johnny Kerr and Jerry Krause, the later the NBA Executive of the Year in 1988 and 1996.
As of 2012, the Bulls were estimated to be the third most valuable NBA franchise according to Forbes, with an estimated value of $800 million, earning an estimated $34.2 million in operating income in 2012.