The Chicago Bulls, they have gone through many stages of success, including six championships with Michael Jordon’s Bulls. Michael Jordan in fact is the reason why most people know about the Bulls. The Bulls though do run deeper than just Michael Jordan, because before Jordan came to the Bulls the Bulls had to come to the NBA. The Chicago Bulls are one of the most memorable and historic professional basketball teams in history.
The Bulls joined the National Basketball Association in 1965. Before this the Bulls had been known as the Chicago stags, the stags had been one of the best teams in the Business Basketball Association since 1946 and even played one season in the NBA before they folded and started over as the present day Chicago Bulls. It took no time at all for the Bulls to catch on with Chicago fans, whom had already been great followers of the Stags. The entire basketball nation was excited to see how the Bulls would start their first season in the league. For some the results were a little disappointing.
To start their first season in the NBA the Bulls were lead by their head coach Jonny “RED” Kerr, a former star in the league. On October 15, 1966 the Chicago Bulls put out a starting cast of Len Chappell, Bob Boozer, Don Kojis, Jerry Sloan, and Guy Rodgers to face off against the St. Louis Hawks. Guy Rogers emerged as a hero when he poured in thirty seven points to help seal Chicago’s first ever win in the NBA. The Bulls went on to win their next three games in a row and finish their first NBA season with a record of 33-48. This as it turns out was the best record a new team had ever achieved (Chicago History).
This 33-48 record was enough to push the Bulls into the playoffs were they were eliminated by the Hawks in the first round. Despite not making a deep playoff run the Bulls still did very well, for example, the Bulls head coach won the NBA coach of the year award, and the Bulls had set a new bench mark for expansion teams. After this promising start though the Bulls would so begin to falter (Chicago History).
At the start of the Bulls second season things looked grim for the team. They had traded their star player Guy Rodgers for Flynn Robinson and two future draft picks. This proved to be a fatal flaw as the Bulls only went a mere 29-53 in the regular season. Still this was barely enough to get into the playoffs where they were destroyed by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. After this dreary season the Bulls lost Jerry Colangelo, from their front office and he took Jonny Kerr, the Bulls head coach with him. This however, gave them the chance to hire the unlikely choice of Dick Motta (Chicago History).
Motta was in some ways a godsend to the Bulls because of the way he helped the Bulls turn the corner in the early 1970’s. He brought a tough defensive mind to the table and this translated directly into the Bulls tough defensive play. Motta was also helped out when the Bulls drafted rookie Tom Boerwinkle, a...