The Bulls joined the NBA as an expansion team in the 1966-67 season. Chicago wasted no time making the playoffs, becoming one of the most successful expansion franchises in NBA history in making the playoffs eight of their first nine seasons. Led by Jerry Sloan, the early Chicago teams were known for their stingy defense, helping the team reach the playoffs time and again. After a fast start, the Bulls struggled for a number of years before 1984. With the third pick in that draft, the Chicago Bulls’ trajectory would forever be changed, as the team selected a 6-foot-6 guard out of North Carolina. Michael Jordan immediately established himself as the Bull’s best player, leading the team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals as a rookie. To help their star, the Bulls built up a supporting cast almost as great as Jordan himself, including the likes of Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant and Bill Cartwright. The missing piece was finally in place when Phil Jackson was named the team’s new head coach. Jackson and Jordan teamed up to win the franchise’s only six championships in an eight-season span from 1990-91 to 1997-98. Chicago has retired four numbers and honored two other coaches and general managers in the team’s history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Chicago Bulls basketball tickets.
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2016 Bulls Season Preview
The 2015-2016 season for the Chicago Bulls was expected to have a better outcome than what occurred. The Bulls finished the season with a 42-40 regular season and missed the playoffs for the first time in 8 years. Head coach Fred Hoiberg will be starting his second year in Chicago. The Chicago Bulls have made some changes to the roster for the 2016-2017 season. Point guard Derrick Rose left the Bulls to go to the Knicks. Chicago has signed Dwayne Wade, which has brought excitement into the 2016-2017 season for fans as Wade is currently one of the best players in the NBA. With the combination of Wade, new addition Rajon Rondo and solid player Jimmy Butler, opponents should feel the pressure on the court. Look for the Chicago Bulls to be ready to take their spot back in this season's playoffs as they come back stronger than before. Whether you are planning on cheering on the Chicago Bulls at home or on the road, TicketCity has some of the best deals for Chicago tickets.
Chicago Bulls Basketball at United Center Address: 1901 W Madison St, Chicago, Illinois, 60612
The Bulls play their home games at the United Center, located in Chicago, Illinois. When filled to capacity, the United Center holds more than 20 thousand screaming fans. Around the United Center are statues commemorating many of the famous faces in Bulls history, including Johnny “Red” Kerr, Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan. The Chicago Bulls home bench at United Center is located in front of sections 101-102. United Center parking information is covered in our Bulls event guide.
Bulls vs Pistons
Noted as one of the most intense rivalries in the history of the NBA, this matchup peaked in the last 1980s when Michael Jordan elevated himself as one of the best players in the league and the Detroit Pistons became title contenders. These two teams met in the playoffs four times in the row from 1988-1991 with the Pistons taking the first three series until the Bulls finally got over the hump against “The Bad Boys” en route to their first NBA title.
Bulls vs. Knicks
These two teams have met every season since 1966 and became one of the top rivalries in the league in the late 1980s when both teams were fighting for supremacy in the Eastern Conference. This matchup saw icons like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Patrick Ewing grace the court. After a stretch of both franchises struggling, the rivalry has had a revival in recent seasons as the teams have improved.
These two teams met in the playoffs on a consistent basis during the 1990s, but the rivalry has started to peak in recent seasons as games are often physical and at times have led to ejections. Trash-talks is always a factor when these two teams meet and has extended to the head coaches. With both teams fighting in the Eastern Conference, this rivalry will only continue to get better.
Bulls vs. Bucks
This rivalry extends to the other professional sports because of the close proximity between the two cities. These two teams first met in 1968 and have met often times in the playoffs throughout the series. Both teams were frequent playoff contenders in the late 1980s and early 1990s which saw the rivalry peak, but it has revived in recent years highlighted by the two teams featuring young and upcoming stars.
Gaining most of it's competitive nature from the '90s, Michael Jordan and Reggie Miller fueled the Bulls Pacers rivalry for many years. The two teams became regular playoff contending teams bringing basketball fans one of the most memorable Conference Finals 7-game series in 1998. Recently the rivalry between Chicago and Indiana has been revitalized with the emergence of Derrick Rose and Paul George as front runners of the opposing teams.
Bulls in the NBA Finals, Eastern Conference Championship and NBA Playoffs
The Bulls ruled the NBA world in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s headlined by icon Michael Jordan. With a pair of 3-peats during the 90s, the Bulls have established themselves as one of the premier franchises. The Bulls have also added 5+ conference titles and won over 8 division titles over the years that will only increase in the years to come.
2015 Chicago Bulls Season Preview
The Chicago Bulls have strung together solid season after solid season, but have failed to reach the Eastern Conference Finals since 2011. Last season saw Derrick Rose get hurt once again, but he returned and played in his most games since his MVP season in 2011. Much of Chicago’s chances in 2015 will ride on the health of its superstar. If Derrick Rose is able to stay healthy, he might have the most talented cast around him in his career. Jimmy Butler is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, and the duo of Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah is one of the best defensive front courts in the NBA. Throw in the hot shooting of Doug McDermott, and Kirk Hinrich, and the 2015 Chicago Bulls roster is as solid top to bottom as it has been since Michael Jordan retired. Look for Chicago to challenge the elite teams in the Eastern Conference, and if Derrick Rose can stay healthy, the Chicago Bulls are legitimate title contenders in 2015-16.
2014 Chicago Bulls Season Preview
The 2013-14 NBA season was supposed to be the return of superstar Derrick Rose for the Chicago Bulls. But only two months into the season, Derrick Rose suffered another knee injury that would require surgery and keep him out for the rest of the season. The Bulls rallied to still make the playoffs, but without Rose, the Chicago Bulls were ousted in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Chicago Bulls made a couple of major moves in the offseason and come into the 2014-15 NBA season with high expectations. The Bulls signed free agent Pau Gasol to come in and add extra scoring potential to their front court. Chicago also welcomed rookie Doug McDermott, who should have an immediate impact for the Bulls with his stellar outside shooting. Point guard D.J. Augustin left Chicago, but will be replaced by swingman Aaron Brooks, and a returning Derrick Rose. Rose looked strong this summer in international play and is as close to the old Derrick Rose as he has been in the last 3 years. Still, how far the Chicago Bulls will go in the playoffs depends mightily on the knees of Derrick Rose.
2013 Chicago Bulls Season Preview
The Bulls will once again have one of the best defenses in the league, but it’s the return of superstar point guard Derrick Rose that everyone is waiting for. Coach Tom Thibodeau will have a healthy Rose, Luol Deng, Joaquim Noah and Carlos Boozer to help spearhead an attack on Miami as kings of the Eastern Conference. The Bulls also added Mike Dunleavy in the offeseason, while they lost Daequan Cook, Richard Hamilton and Nate Robinson. The Bulls begin their season on Nov. 2 in Philadelphia, and will visit Indiana before their home opener on Nov. 8 against the Utah Jazz. Other key home games will be vs. the defending champion Miami Heat on Dec. 5, vs. the high-flying L.A. Clippers on Jan. 24 and vs. the re-tooled Brooklyn Nets on Feb 13.
2012 Chicago Bulls Season Preview
The Chicago Bulls were enjoying one of their best seasons in recent memory until a freak injury caused it all to come crashing down. The Bulls finished the year with a tremendous 50-16 record, but that was overshadowed by the loss of point guard Derrick Rose, who was lost late in the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). As a result, the Bulls would lose in the opening round of the playoffs to the Philadelphia 76ers, becoming only the fifth number one seed in NBA history to be knocked out by a number eight seed. With the season finally behind them, the Bulls look to finish what they started in the coming season and hope to have Derrick Rose back by the time the team is ready to make a big playoff push. As a result of their doomed season, the front office decided to shake up its bench in a big way, releasing players like Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, John Lucas and Omer Asik and restock the roster with veteran talent. The first big change comes in Marco Belinelli, who should prove to be an improvement over Korver at shooting guard. The team also picked up Nazr Mohammed for depth at center, Vladimir Radmanovic to bolster the forward position and Nate Robinson and Kurt Hinrich to provide quality depth at the point guard position. In the draft, the Bulls made a wise move to pick up guard Marquis Teague from Kentucky, which should solidify the position until Rose is able to make his return. Even without Derrick Rose for the beginning of the 2012-13 season, the Bulls still have a very strong lineup that can contend with anyone in the Eastern Conference. Hinrich, Robinson and Teague should provide a solid rotation at point guard, while Richard Hamilton and Belinelli will form a strong tandem at shooting guard. The Bulls really missed the presence of Joakim Noah at center during the playoffs, so his return should help both on offense and defense. At forward, Carlos Boozer is a cornerstone of the offense, and he pairs very well with longtime veteran Luol Deng at small forward. Ultimately, if the new depth that the team signed in the offseason can gel together, the squad could feasibly be stronger than they were a year ago. While the 2011-12 season is a loss to many Bulls' fans, the coming year is still filled with plenty of promise and an improved roster that is more than capable of contending for an NBA title.
2011 Chicago Bulls Season Preview
Although they may have missed out on the LeBron James lottery this offseason, the Chicago Bulls are loaded with a wealth of young talent at nearly every position, and may be able to make a deep playoff run behind new coach Tom Thibodeau. The Bulls are led by former Memphis star Derrick Rose at point guard. Although he runs the point, Rose is one of the premiere scorers in the NBA, and he averaged 20.8 points a game last season. In addition to scoring, Rose dished out an impressive six assists per game. Rose is not alone, as center Joakim Noah has emerged as one of the best big men in the league. The 6-foot-11 Noah is a significant presence down low and averaged a double-double last season while blocking 1.6 shots per game. While Rose, Noah, Luol Deng and other role players such as Kyle Korver snuck into the playoffs last season, the offseason acquisition of Carlos Boozer should make them a more serious contender. Boozer, who averaged 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game last year for the Utah Jazz, will provide a spark on both offense and defense.
2010 Chicago Bulls Season Preview
The Chicago Bulls head into the 2009-2010 NBA season with renewed confidence. The Bulls are looking to build upon a strong postseason appearance last year that saw them barely lose to the Boston Celtics. Bulls Head Coach Vinny Del Negro has point guard Derrick Rose back to run the Chicago offense. Supporting Rose are veterans Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich and Brad Miller. If the Bulls get hot this year, look for them to return to their position as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
2009 Chicago Bulls Season Preview
The Chicago Bulls are one of the most exciting teams to watch in the NBA today. With the addition of the first-round overall pick Derrick Rose in their favor, the Bulls hope to see a resurgence of their 1990's glory this season. To see the Bulls play at the United Center, home of the greatest NBA player of all time in Michael Jordan, is to be witness to both NBA’s history and its bright future.