Bulls Fan Starter Kit
1. The Bulls had Michael Jordan.
Known as the "Greatest NBA Player Ever", Michael Jordan spent his best years with the Bulls. He led the team to win six championships! During his final game at the Bulls' United Center, the fans gave him a four-minute standing ovation.
2. The Bulls won six championships during the Michael Jordan Era.
In the 1990s, the Bulls won two sets of back-to-back-to-back championships (1991-1993 and 1995-1998). Why the gap? Michael Jordan initially retired after the 1993 championship and went on to play Major League Baseball. He came back to the NBA and the Bulls in 1995 with a two-word press release: "I'm back."
3. All six championships were led by the dynamic trio: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and coach Phil Jackson.
4. In 1996, the Bulls broke the record for most games won in a regular season: 72 wins - 10 losses. They held the record for 20 years.
The Golden State Warriors broke the Bulls' record in 2016, with 73 wins and 9 losses. Unfortunately, the Warriors did not win the championship despite an impeccable season.
5. Another hometown hero: Derrick Rose.
Born and raised in the Englewood area, Derrick Rose became an instant hometown hero when the Bulls drafted him. Rose was the first overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft. He became the youngest player to win the NBA MVP award in 2011, at the age of 22. He was having an all-star career until he tore his ACL in 2012. He has not yet recovered to his pre-injury level. In 2016, the Bulls traded him away to the New York Knicks.
6. The United Center, where the Bulls and the Blackhawks (hockey) play, is nicknamed "Madhouse on Madison". It is always packed with fans, and they are always loud!
7. These are the current players you need to know:
Wade was born and raised in the South Side of Chicago. He played with the Miami Heat for 13 years and won three championships before joining the Bulls in 2016. He is one of the most well-known and popular basketball players. He brings to the Bulls his star power and championship hopes. Interesting fact: his name was supposed to be Dwayne, but his parents misspelled it on his birth certificate.
Butler was drafted to the Bulls in the 2011 NBA draft, as the 30th pick overall. One NBA general manager said about Butler, "His story is one of the most remarkable I've seen in all my years of basketball. There were so many times in his life where he was set up to fail. Every time, he overcame just enormous odds." We saw that in 2015 when he was named the NBA Most Improved Player.
Rondo joined in the Bulls in 2016. Prior to the Bulls, he started his career with the Boston Celtics and won one championship. He is known as the King of Assists, meaning he is great at passing the ball and helping his teammates score. Fun fact: Rondo loves to play Connect Four and claims to be unbeatable!