CHICAGO BULLS FRANCHISE FACTS:
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Stadium: United Center
Conference: Eastern Conference
Division: Central Division
Rivals: New York Knicks
Mascot: Benny the Bull
Dancers: Chicago Luvabulls
Notable Players: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Derrick Rose
Chicago Bulls Championship Titles: 6
Chicago Bulls Conference Titles: 6
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Based in Chicago, Illinois, the Bulls are one of the most prominent names in the NBA, boasting legendary players like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant and Dennis Rodman within the same decade. Individually, these players have made lasting contributions to the league. During the reign of this eight-year dynasty, the team secured six championships under the leadership of coach Phil Jackson.
Although the Bulls were in the spotlight during the 1990s, the team has actually has a rich history since its founding in 1966. In fact, during the first season, the team immediately posted the best record by a recently established expansion team. During the 1970s, the Bulls were known best for their top defensive strategies thanks to players like Jerry Sloan, Bob Love and Clifford Ray.
In 1979, the team had the opportunity to draft one of the most promising players in the league, Magic Johnson, who eventually joined the Los Angeles Lakers. However, the Bulls will soon have the chance to cultivate the most popular player basketball has ever known. The team's fortunes changed forever after drafting Michael Jordan in 1984. After snatching Jordan from the University of North Carolina, he instantly began breaking records, putting the Bulls in the playoffs during the 1984-85 season.
It was during the late 80s that the Bulls developed a tight rivalry with the Celtics and the Pistons. Although the team lost the Eastern Conference Championship in 1987-88 season, Jordan was named as the NBA's Most Valuable Player - an honor that he will receive five times throughout his entire career. After beating Wilt Chamberlain's highest scoring record in the 1992-93 season, Michael Jordan decided to retire. However, he made a historic comeback in the 1994-95 season after the passing of his father.
Although the team has never truly bounced back from Jordan's final retirement in the late 90s, players like Jalen Rose and Tyson Chandler managed to carry the Bulls into the new millennium. After going through several years of poor results, the team has made somewhat of a comeback in the 2010-11 season, managing to reach the Eastern Conference Championship for the first time since 1998. Even though it lost that series to the Miami Heat, the team has proven that it can endure the end of the Jordan Dynasty.
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Roundball RoadTrip - Chicago Bulls As part of my Roundball RoadTrip I took in a Chicago Bulls game at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois in January of 2011. The “Madhouse on Madison” is an incredible place to watch some NBA Basketball. As you walk up to Gate 2, a twelve foot tall statue of Michael Jordan about to unleash one of his signature dunks is stands at the door. Along with paying homage to the greatest NBA player that ever lived, it also makes for a great photo opportunity. The arena itself is impressive, as you walk into the seating area your attention is immediately turned to the six NBA championship banners that hang in the rafters as a reminder of those great Chicago Bulls dynasties of the 1990’s. I was also impressed by the quality and variety of concessions available at the United Center. Freshly prepared shrimp po' boy sandwiches, carved turkey and smoke beef brisket sandwiches and Chicago-style deep dish pizza along with a wide array of other options await you at United Center concession stands. One thing I was warned about by several locals is that the area around the United Center is not the safest area in the city. However, I noticed before and after the game that lots of Bulls fans flocked to the nearby pubs and taverns to hang out. I also noticed a strong Police presence in the area on game day as well. My advice is to be aware of your surroundings if you're planning to hang out. Madison Street, which runs along the United Center, has lots of great bars and restaurants for pre and post game entertainment, but to check out a local Chicago legend, you’ll want to grab a "cheezborger" at the Billy Goat Tavern. The Billy Goat Tavern is famous for two reasons. Back in the 1970’s John Belushi did a skit on Saturday Night Live based on its cook staff, but much earlier than that, in the 1940’s, it was the owner of the Billy Goat Tavern, William “Billy Goat" Sianis that placed a curse on the Chicago Cubs because they wouldn’t allow him to take his goat into Wrigley Field. For more information on what to see and do in the city of Chicago and about the Legend of "The Billy Goat Curse”, check out my review at http://www.nbabasketballarenas.com/United-Center-Jan11.htm. January 29, 2011
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A must go! Everyone should go to a Bulls game at least once in their lifetime. Once the music plays for the starting lineup, you get chills up and down your spine. It is definitely well worth it and you'll have an unbelievable time. February 24, 2012