Chicago Bulls History
The Bulls are the third team to play in the city of Chicago. After the Packers-Zephyrs and the Stags, the Bulls were founded in 1966. The Bulls struggled until the addition of Jerry Sloan in the early 70s. With Sloan the Bulls had many winning seasons but were not able to make it to the Finals. Chicago’s woe were ended when they selected Michael Jordan with the third pick in the 1984 NBA draft. Jordan quickly took his team to the playoffs where he had a playoff record 63-point game against Larry Bird’s Celtics. Even though Jordan showed his dominance early in his career he did not win a championship until he received some help, mainly from guard Scottie Pippen and coach Phil Jackson. Now with a complete team, Jordan and the Bulls won three straight championships from 1991-1993. Jordan surprised everyone by retiring after his third title, but returned two years later to eventually lead the Bulls to three more championships. After Jordan’s second retirement the Bulls suffered until they drafted Derrick Rose, who has turned the franchise around.
Chicago Bulls Ownership
The Bulls were founded by Dan Klein who is the only owner to also play professional basketball. The Bulls are currently owned by Jerry Reinsdorf who has owned the team for over twenty years. In 2012 Reinsdorf’s Bulls were estimated to be worth $600 million. Reinsdorf also owns the neighboring franchise Chicago White Sox.
Chicago Bulls Arena
The Chicago Bulls play their home games in the United Center. The stadium’s naming rights are owned by United Airlines, hence the United Center. The Bulls share the arena with the NHL franchise Chicago Blackhawks. Three statues enclose the arena including a tribute to Michael Jordan. The arena was designed to amplify crowd noise to recreate “the roar” that made the last arena, Chicago Stadium, famous.
Chicago Bulls Fan Base
Chicago fans have stayed faithful to their team through good times and bad. Even during the Jordan era, fans consistently worried about a possible retirement. Despite Jordan’s permanent departure, Bulls fans are still some of the most passionate fans in the NBA. Now that they have a new superstar in Derrick Rose they have something to cheer about again.
Chicago Bulls Coaching
Chicago has been led by a few great coaches including Jerry Sloan and Phil Jackson. Jackson won six championships as a Bull and may go down as one of the greatest coaches to grace the court. Current head coach Tom Thibodeau was previously the Boston Celtics defensive coach. When he made the move to Chicago he brought his defensive mindedness with him. His defensive style seems to work as his winning percentage in the regular as a head coach is a staggering 76%.
Chicago Bulls Betting
The Bulls suffered a very disappointing end to the 2012 season. After a devastating injury to Derrick Rose, the team unraveled in the first round of the playoffs and was upset by the 76ers. Before the injury to Rose, Chicago seemed to be the only team that could stop Miami from playing in the Finals. Next year the Bulls figure to have a healthy lineup and challenge Miami as Eastern Conference champions. Chicago consistently had one of the best defenses in the NBA last year, however their losses were often due to a mediocre offense. Kirk Hinrich’s return to the Bulls will likely help their offense. However the loss of back up point guard John Lucas III may hurt that offense, especially if Rose has injury trouble again this season. If Rose does stay healthy and gets some help on offense then expect the Bulls to be favorites to rival Miami and even claim the championship at the books on nbabetting.org.