The 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls had a long and tough journey to the NBA regular season record. They surprised the NBA fans and went 72-10. Teams were trying to find to stop the Bulls. For example, the Detroit Pistons created a system to try and stop the Bulls. The Bad Boys called this the Jordan Rules. The Jordan Rules were a defensive strategy to limit Michael Jordan from dominating on offense. They would double team him, talk trash to him and when they fouled him they made sure it was a foul. This style of defense limited Michael Jordan from reaching the paint on offense. The Bulls faced a lot of adversity during the 95-96 seasons. They lost two games in a row to the nuggets and suns. After those two loses, they went on to win thirty two games in a row and shocked the NBA. The Bulls finished 72-10, breaking the 69-13 record of the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. The Chicago bulls were so unstoppable that only the Indiana Pacers were able to beat the Bulls twice. This showed the NBA that the bulls were a legendary team. The Bulls also broke many other records during the regular season. Michael Jordan was named the League’s Most Valuable player. Not many teams were able to stop his dominance on the court. Michael Jordan was also the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in the All Star Game. Dennis Rodman led the NBA in rebounds. Toni Kukoc won the NBA Sixth Man Award. The big three, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman were placed on the league’s All-Defensive Team.
The 1995-1996 season was a success for the Chicago Bulls in the playoffs. In the first round of the NBA playoffs, they faced a determined Miami Heat team. In the first round they swept the Miami Heat 3-0. In the Semi Finals they played a much better basketball team. The New York Knicks were 57-25 coached by Jeff Van Gundy. Patrick Ewing was not going down without a fight against the Bulls. Game 1 on May 5, the Bulls defeated the Knicks. Michael Jordan dropped an incredible 44 points. They would beat the Knicks on May 7 to take a 2-0 lead. The Bulls lost in game 3 even though Michael Jordan had 46 points. The Bulls then went on to win the series 4-1. The Chicago Bulls faced a young and inexperienced team in the conference Finals. They played Shaquille O’Neal and the Orlando Magic. The Bulls were determined to beat this young team and head to the NBA finals. They blew the Orlando Magic out almost every game they played. In game one, the Bulls beat the Orlando Magic by 38 points. By game three, the Chicago Bulls were ahead in the series 3-0. They then went on to beat the Orlando Magic in a four game series sweep. In the NBA finals, the Bulls knew they were in for a challenge. They faced an experienced, well coached Seattle Sonics team. They were lead by Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton. In game one, the Chicago Bulls defeated the Sonics by 17 points. The Bulls then went on to win three straight games and they were up in the series 3-0. However, the Sonics would not go down without a fight. They beat the Bulls by 21 in game 4. In game 5, the Bulls looked week and lost again. In game 6, the Bulls went on to defeat the Sonics and win the series 4-2. The Chicago Bulls were then crowned the NBA champions of 1995-1996.
For the past few months, NBA critics and fans have been comparing the 1995-1996 Bulls to the 2016 Warriors. This past season, the Golden State Warriors went 73-9. This caused a lot of controversy and discussion throughout the NBA. Many fans wondered who the better team was, the 95-96 Bulls or the 2016 Warriors. The Golden State Warriors were led by their All Star point guard Stephen Curry. He won the Most Valuable Player award last season. He had an excellent supporting cast helping him win games. His teammates were Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes. These were the main players who led this team to the regular season record. The heated discussion that fans always talk is who would win if the two teams were to play. It’s simple; the Chicago Bulls would crush the Warriors. The Warriors just aren’t as dominate in the paint as the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls would easily beat the Warriors by 20 points. This would happen because the game of basketball has changed. Teams aren’t worried as much about defense than the 90s teams were. Also the Golden State Warriors doesn’t have a single player who would be able to stop the legendary Michael Jordan. This being said they would have to go to a zone to stop the Bulls. This would lead to many open shots for the Bulls bench and reserves. The 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls is the BEST team ever created. No other NBA team will ever achieve what they have accomplished.