A report on Chicago Bulls and 1996 NBA Finals

The 1969–70 Chicago Bulls
Gilmore in 1977
Michael Jordan was drafted third overall by the Bulls in 1984. He won six championships and six Finals MVPs for Chicago.
Michael Jordan v Los Angeles Lakers at the 1991 NBA Finals
United Center
Bulls head coach Phil Jackson consulting Michael Jordan in 1997
Luol Deng made his first All-Star appearance with the team in 2012 and his second in 2013.
Joakim Noah was drafted by the Bulls in 2007. He was named an All Star for the first time in 2013 and for the second time in 2014.
Derrick Rose was drafted first overall by the Bulls in 2008. He was the 2010–11 NBA MVP.
Tom Thibodeau coached the Bulls to 62 wins in his first season.
Fred Hoiberg was the 22nd head coach in the franchise's history.
Chicago Bulls wordmark (1966–present)
Benny the Bull in February 2018

The Bulls came close to winning 70 games for the second straight year, instead settling for a 69-win campaign in 1997.

- 1996 NBA Finals

The team triumphed over the Miami Heat in the first round, the New York Knicks in the second round, the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals and finally Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp and the Seattle SuperSonics for their fourth title.

- Chicago Bulls

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Jordan in 2014

Michael Jordan

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American businessman and former professional basketball player.

American businessman and former professional basketball player.

Jordan in 2014
Jordan in 1992
Jordan in training with the Scottsdale Scorpions in 1994
Jordan with coach Phil Jackson in 1997
Plaque at the United Center that chronicles Jordan's career achievements
Jordan as a member of the Washington Wizards, April 14, 2003
Jordan on the "Dream Team" in 1992
Jordan dunking the ball, 1987–88
James Worthy, Jordan, and Dean Smith in 2007 at a North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball game honoring the 1957 and 1982 men's basketball teams
Jordan on a golf course in 2007
Jordan receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at the White House
Jordan in 2008

He played fifteen seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), winning six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls.

Jordan abruptly retired from basketball before the 1993–94 NBA season to play Minor League Baseball but returned to the Bulls in March 1995 and led them to three more championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998, as well as a then-record 72 regular season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season.

1995–96 NBA season

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The 50th season of the National Basketball Association , though the 50th anniversary was not celebrated until the following season.

The 50th season of the National Basketball Association , though the 50th anniversary was not celebrated until the following season.

The Chicago Bulls defeated the Seattle SuperSonics 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals to win their fourth championship.

The 1996 NBA All-Star Game was played at the Alamodome in San Antonio, with the East defeating the West 129–118. Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls was named the game's MVP. Los Angeles Clippers guard Brent Barry won the Slam Dunk Contest.

Rodman in 2017

Dennis Rodman

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American former professional basketball player.

American former professional basketball player.

Rodman in 2017
The United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls. Rodman wrote history in the 1996 NBA Finals when he twice secured 11 offensive rebounds in this building, tying an all-time NBA record.
In 2005, Rodman played for Torpan Pojat of Finland's basketball league, the Korisliiga.
Rodman with Donald Trump for Celebrity Apprentice

Nicknamed "the Worm", he played for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

In the 1996 playoffs, Rodman scored 7.5 points and grabbed 13.7 rebounds per game and had a large part in the six-game victory against the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1996 NBA Finals: in Game Two at home in the Bulls' United Center, he grabbed 20 rebounds, among them a record-tying 11 offensive boards, and in Game Six, again at the United Center, the power forward secured 19 rebounds and again 11 offensive boards, scored five points in a decisive 12–2 Bulls run, unnerved opposing power forward Shawn Kemp and caused Seattle coach George Karl to say: "As you evaluate the series, Dennis Rodman won two basketball games. We controlled Dennis Rodman for four games. But Game 2 and tonight, he was the reason they were successful."

Kerr coaching the Golden State Warriors in 2019

Steve Kerr

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American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Kerr coaching the Golden State Warriors in 2019
Kerr with the Arizona Wildcats in 1987
Kerr in 2013
Kerr coaching the Warriors in 2015
Kerr in 2017

He is a nine-time NBA champion, having won five titles as a player (three with the Chicago Bulls and two with the San Antonio Spurs) as well as four with the Warriors as a head coach.

However, with Jordan back full-time for the 1995–96 season, the Bulls set a then-NBA record of 72–10 and defeated the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1996 NBA Finals.

Payton with the Miami Heat in 2007

Gary Payton

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American former professional basketball player who played the point guard position.

American former professional basketball player who played the point guard position.

Payton with the Miami Heat in 2007
Payton (left) during his stint with the Lakers
Payton playing in the NBA Asia Challenge 2010 in the Philippines

In 1996, Payton and the SuperSonics, under coach George Karl, reached the NBA Finals after winning a franchise record 64 games and lost in six games to Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls.

Pippen in 2022

Scottie Pippen

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American former professional basketball player.

American former professional basketball player.

Pippen in 2022
Pippen in 2022
Pippen as a member of the Chicago Bulls in 1995
Chicago Bulls Championship banners hang in the rafters of the United Center.
Pippen playing in Europe in 2008
Pippen's retired #33 jersey (far right) hanging in the rafters of the United Center
Pippen and then-wife Larsa in December 2006

He played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), winning six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls.

With the return of Michael Jordan and the addition of multiple NBA rebound leader Dennis Rodman, the Bulls posted the best regular-season record in NBA history at the time (72–10) in en route to winning their fourth title against the Seattle SuperSonics.

Kemp in 2012

Shawn Kemp

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American former professional basketball player who played for the Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers, and Orlando Magic in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

American former professional basketball player who played for the Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers, and Orlando Magic in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Kemp in 2012
Kemp playing for the Concord High School varsity basketball team in 1987–88

Kemp's career peaked in 1995–96, when he and Payton led the SuperSonics to a franchise-record 64 wins and their first NBA Finals appearance since 1979.

They faced Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, who were coming off an NBA record 72 wins.

Luc Longley

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Australian professional basketball coach and former player.

Australian professional basketball coach and former player.

Longley most notably played for the Chicago Bulls, with whom he won three championships from 1996 to 1998.

Oklahoma City Thunder

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American professional basketball team based in Oklahoma City.

American professional basketball team based in Oklahoma City.

Chesapeake Energy Arena (now Paycom Center) began hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008.
Oklahoma City defeated Minnesota on November 2, 2008 for their first win.
Daequan Cook
The Thunder selected Steven Adams as the 12th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

They won their first division title as the Thunder in the 2010–11 season and their first Western Conference championship as the Thunder in the 2011–12 season, appearing in the NBA Finals for the fourth time in franchise history and first time since 1996, when the team was based in Seattle.

Finally, on September 25, the Thunder acquired ten-time All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks in exchange for center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott, and a 2018 second round draft pick they had previously acquired from the Chicago Bulls in the Cameron Payne trade.