75 Facts About Chicago Bulls


Chicago Bulls are an American professional basketball team based in Chicago.

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The Chicago Bulls compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division.

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Chicago Bulls saw their greatest success during the 1990s when they played a major part in popularizing the NBA worldwide.

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The Chicago Bulls are the only NBA franchise to win multiple championships while never losing an NBA Finals series in their history.

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Outside of basketball, the Chicago Bulls are known for their community work through their charity department which provides youth and non-for-profit organizations with tickets to games and merchandise.

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On January 16,1966, Chicago was granted an NBA franchise to be called the Bulls.

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In 1972, the Chicago Bulls set a franchise win–loss record at 57 wins and 25 losses.

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In 1979, the Chicago Bulls lost a coin flip for the right to select first in the NBA draft .

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At the time, the Chicago Bulls had the fifth-worst record of any team to qualify for the playoffs in NBA history.

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Chicago Bulls won their second straight title in 1992 after racking up another franchise record for wins with 67.

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In 1993, the Chicago Bulls won their third consecutive championship by defeating the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks in the first three rounds of the playoffs and then defeating regular-season MVP Charles Barkley and the Phoenix Suns in the Finals, with Paxson's three-pointer with 3.

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The Chicago Bulls were then led by Scottie Pippen, who established himself as one of the top players in the league by winning the 1994 All-Star MVP.

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In 1994, the Chicago Bulls lost Grant, Cartwright and Scott Williams to free agency, and John Paxson to retirement, but picked up shooting guard Ron Harper, the seeming heir apparent to Jordan in assistant coach Tex Winter's triple-post offense, and small-forward Jud Buechler.

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The Chicago Bulls started Armstrong and Harper in the backcourt, Pippen and Kukoc at the forward spots, and Perdue at center.

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However, the Chicago Bulls struggled during the season, and on March 18,1995, they received the news that Michael Jordan was coming out of retirement.

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However, Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were unable to overcome the eventual Eastern Conference champion Orlando Magic, which included Horace Grant, Penny Hardaway, and Shaquille O'Neal.

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The Chicago Bulls capped the season by defeating the Bullets, Hawks and Heat in the first three rounds of the playoffs en route to winning their fifth NBA championship over John Stockton, Karl Malone and the Utah Jazz.

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Parish, whose single season with the Chicago Bulls would be his last year in the league, was nominated for his stellar career with the Boston Celtics.

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Jordan would be named the league MVP for the fifth and final time, and the Chicago Bulls went into the playoffs as the number one seed in the Eastern Conference.

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The Chicago Bulls swept the Nets three to nothing in a best of five series.

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Krause felt that the Chicago Bulls were on the verge of being too old and unable to compete.

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Chicago Bulls'splan was to trade away the aging talent and acquire high draft picks while clearing salary cap space to make a run at several promising free agents in two years' time.

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In that game, the Chicago Bulls scored 49 points to set an NBA record for the fewest points in a game in the shot-clock era.

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At mid-season, the Chicago Bulls traded their top three scorers—Mercer, Artest, and Miller along with Kevin Ollie—to the Indiana Pacers for veteran guard Jalen Rose, Travis Best and Norman Richardson.

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The Chicago Bulls improved from 15 to 21 wins, although they were still tied for last in the league.

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Chicago Bulls'scontract was bought out by the Bulls in February 2004, and he never returned to the league.

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The Chicago Bulls narrowly won Game 1 at home, then followed it with a blowout victory in Game 2.

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In Miami, the Chicago Bulls rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit to win Game 3 and then posted another comeback win in Game 4.

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On July 3,2008, the Chicago Tribune reported that Del Harris agreed to become an assistant coach for the Bulls along with former Charlotte Bobcats head coach Bernie Bickerstaff and longtime NBA assistant coach Bob Ociepka.

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The Chicago Bulls later traded Weems to the Denver Nuggets for Denver's 2009 regular second-round draft pick.

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The Chicago Bulls then acquired Omer Asik from the Portland Trail Blazers for Denver's 2009 second-round draft pick, New York's 2009 second-round draft pick, and the Chicago Bulls' 2010 regular second-round draft pick.

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On February 18,2009, the Chicago Bulls made their first of several trades, sending Andres Nocioni, Drew Gooden, Cedric Simmons, and Michael Ruffin to the Sacramento Kings for Brad Miller and John Salmons.

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Later that day the Chicago Bulls made the third trade in a span of less than 24 hours by sending swingman Thabo Sefolosha to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a 2009 first-round pick.

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Chicago Bulls had two first-round picks in the 2009 NBA draft and decided to take Wake Forest stand out forward James Johnson and athletic USC forward Taj Gibson.

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Unlike the previous year the Chicago Bulls' playoff run was shorter and less dramatic as they were eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games.

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The Chicago Bulls defeated the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks in five and six games, respectively, thereby reaching the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1998, and faced the Miami Heat.

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The Chicago Bulls signed veteran shooting guard Richard "Rip" Hamilton to a three-year deal, after he was waived by the Detroit Pistons.

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The Chicago Bulls gave MVP Derrick Rose a 5-year contract extension worth $94.

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Head coach Tom Thibodeau was criticized for keeping Rose in the game even though the Chicago Bulls were essentially minutes away from their victory over the 76ers.

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The Chicago Bulls lost the next three games, and lost Noah to a foot injury after he severely rolled his ankle stepping on Andre Iguodala's foot in Game 3; he briefly returned for part of the fourth quarter of that game, but missed the following games in the series.

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The Chicago Bulls started off the season in style with a blowout win of the New York Knicks, and then winning 7 of their first 9 games .

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The emergence of Jimmy Butler as a primary scorer for the Chicago Bulls was a major surprise and he surged into the forefront of the "Most Improved Player of the Year" award race.

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The next round saw the Chicago Bulls facing their arch-rival Cleveland Cavaliers, and their biggest nemesis, LeBron James, who had beaten the Chicago Bulls in all three of their previous playoff meetings.

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The Chicago Bulls shocked the Cavs in Game 1 dominating them and never trailing.

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The Chicago Bulls named Fred Hoiberg as their head coach on June 2,2015.

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The Chicago Bulls had only 1 draft pick in the 2015 NBA draft, and selected center Bobby Portis from the University of Arkansas.

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On October 17,2016, the Chicago Bulls acquired 2014 Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams in exchange for Tony Snell.

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On September 24,2017, Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls reportedly agreed to a buyout of the remaining year on his contract.

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On February 1,2018, the Chicago Bulls traded Mirotic and a second-round draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans for a first-round draft pick and Omer Asik, Tony Allen, and Jameer Nelson.

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On January 3,2019, the Chicago Bulls traded Justin Holiday to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for MarShon Brooks, Wayne Selden Jr.

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On June 20,2019, the Chicago Bulls selected Coby White with the seventh overall pick and Daniel Gafford with 38th pick in the second round.

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On November 18,2020, the Chicago Bulls selected Patrick Williams with the fourth overall pick.

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On March 25,2021, the Chicago Bulls traded Wendell Carter Jr, Otto Porter, along with 2021 and 2023 first-round draft picks to Orlando Magic for Nikola Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu.

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On July 29,2021, the Chicago Bulls selected hometown kid Ayo Dosunmu with 38th pick in the second round.

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Chicago Bulls finished 6th in the Eastern Conference, escaping the play in tournament.

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The teams have played each other since the Cavaliers joined the NBA as an expansion team in 1970, but the rivalry didn't begin in earnest until the Chicago Bulls drafted Michael Jordan with the third overall pick in 1984.

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The Chicago Bulls won in the first three years before losing in 1994 but got revenge in 1996.

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When Edwards moved to Boston for employment with CBS Radio, he was replaced by Ray Clay in 1990, and Clay continued many of the traditional aspects of the Chicago Bulls introductions, including the music, The Alan Parsons Project's "Sirius", for all six championship runs.

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Chicago Bulls have an unofficial tradition of wearing black shoes during the playoffs, which dates all the way back to 1989 when they debuted the tradition.

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Bulls and their arena mates, the Chicago Blackhawks, shared an odd tradition dating to the opening of Chicago Stadium.

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Since it used large indoor venues rather than tents, it took over the United Center for its entire run and the Chicago Bulls were forced, along with the Blackhawks, to take an extended road trip that lasted about two weeks.

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Chicago Bulls are unique in the fact they have used the same logo with very little change since the team's inception.

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At one point, the Chicago Bulls had an alternate logo during the early 1970s, featuring the same Chicago Bulls logo, but with a cloud that says "Windy City" below the bull's nose.

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Chicago Bulls currently wear three different uniforms: a white uniform, a red uniform, and a black alternate uniform.

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The original uniforms were esthetically close to what the Chicago Bulls wear today, featuring the iconic diamond surrounding the Chicago Bulls logo on the shorts and block lettering.

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The Chicago Bulls wore this "Statement" uniform in select home games and away games against teams wearing white, cream or silver uniforms.

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From 2006 to 2017, the Chicago Bulls wore a green version of their red uniforms during the week of St Patrick's Day in March.

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For 2015 the Bulls wore sleeved versions of the green uniform that featured white lettering with gold and black trim and the "Chicago" wordmark replacing "Bulls" in front.

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Between 2009 and 2017, the Chicago Bulls wore a variation of their red uniforms as part of the NBA's "Noche Latina" festivities every March.

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For 2014, the Chicago Bulls briefly retired the look in favor of a black sleeved uniform featuring "Los Chicago Bulls" in white with red trim.

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Chicago Bulls wore special edition Christmas uniforms as part of the NBA's Christmas Day games.

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From 2015 to 2017, the Chicago Bulls wore a gray "Pride" sleeved uniform, featuring the team name and other lettering in red with white trim.

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The uniforms, designed to pay homage to Chicago Bulls's flag, are in white and feature the classic "Chicago Bulls" script and numbers in red with light blue trim along with four six-pointed stars on each side.

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On September 12,2014, the Bulls officially opened their new training facility, the Advocate Center, a block east of the United Center.

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Chicago Bulls hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA.

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