Teams nowadays have a hard time creating dynasties. This is due to the fact that rising payroll costs require teams to balance building a contending team with the bottomline. Furthermore, team loyalty isn't as big as it was during the days of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. This article will discuss about the Chicago Bull'second three-peat run.
Michael Jordan had retired after the first three-peat run and had a short baseball stint. Soon, he came back to basketball. However, Jordan's stint back was marred by flashes of greatness as well as inconsistency. The Bulls went as far as the Eastern Conference semifinals before bowing out to the young and hungry Orlando Magic.
The next season, the Bulls went on a tear and finished with the best record in league history, finishing 72-10. They then beat the Seattle Supersonics and won an NBA Championship. They then had success in their next two seasons where they twice beat the Utah Jazz to win two more NBA crowns. After which, the Bulls were dismantled. Thus ending a great Bulls run that made history.
Let us take a look at key players on that team:
Michael Jordan - He was the epitome of the perfect basketball player. He could do everything from shooting to passing to rebounding to playing solid defense. He has garnered ten scoring tiles not to metion numerous accolades such as All-Star Team nominations, All Defensive Team nominations and Most Valuable Player awards. He is known to many as the "greatest player of all time."
Scottie Pippen - He was a do it all player who could score, rebound, steal, handle the ball and defend. He was the precursor to point forwards such as Grant Hill and Lebron James.
Dennis Rodman -This guy was a rebounding and defensive specialist. He never average less than double digits in rebounding in his stint in Chicago.
Ron Harper - Ron had potential to reach greatness as Jordan did. However, injuries robbed him of some of his athletic abilities. He still was a good player though and honed his ball handling and defensive skills.
Luc Longley - He was a prototype of Andrew Bogut. He was a solid big man who could rebound and shoot jumpers.
Steve Kerr - He is the best three point shooter of all time percentage wise.
Toni Kukoc - Toni was a guy who could play all positions and as the best player in Europe at that time.