Chicago Bulls in History

Events in Sport

  • 1968-10-16 Milwaukee Bucks play their 1st game losing 89-84 to Chicago Bulls
  • 1968-11-23 Milwaukee Bucks make their 1st NBA trade, giving Bob Love & Bob Weiss to Chicago Bulls for Flynn Robinson

Sports History

1974-10-18 Chicago Bull Nate Thurmond becomes 1st in NBA to complete a quadruple double-22 pts, 14 rebounds, 13 assists & 12 blocks

  • 1982-03-11 Detroit Pistons play the Chicago Bulls, with final score of Detroit 152 to Chicago 144 and Detroit having 20 blocked shots
  • 1986-12-10 Atlanta Hawk Dominique Wilkins scores 57 points vs Chicago Bulls

Sports History

1987-02-26 NBA's Michael Jordan's 58 points in one game is a Chicago Bulls record

  • 1988-02-07 38th NBA All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium: East beats West, 138-133; MVP: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls, F
  • 1988-05-01 After scoring 50 points in Game 1, NBA Eastern Conference playoff series, Michael Jordan has 55 in Chicago Bulls 106-101 win vs Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2; first to score 50+ points in consecutive playoff games
  • 1991-05-20 Chicago Bull Michael Jordan, named NBA's MVP
  • 1991-06-12 NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls beat LA Lakers, 108-101 in Game 5 for first of 3 straight titles; MVP: Michael Jordan in his first NBA Finals appearance
  • 1992-06-14 NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls beat Port Trail Blazers, 97-93 in Game 6 for back-to-back titles; MVP: Michael Jordan for second straight year
  • 1993-01-08 Michael Jordan's game-high 35 points leads Chicago to 120-95 win over Milwaukee; gives him exactly 20,000 points in 620th game of his NBA career; 2nd-fastest to reach milestone after Wilt Chamberlain (499)
  • 1993-06-20 NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls become first team since legendary Boston Celtics of the 1960s to win 3 consecutive titles, with a 99–98 victory in Game 6 over Phoenix Suns; MVP: Michael Jordan for third straight year
  • 1993-10-06 After 9 seasons & 3 Championships with the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan announces his retirement from the NBA; returns on March 18, 1995 and leads Bulls to another 3 NBA titles

NBA All-Star Game

1994-02-13 44th NBA All-Star Game, Target Centre, Minneapolis, MN: East beats West, 127-118; MVP: Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls, F

  • 1994-11-01 Chicago Bulls retire basketball superstar Michael Jordan's jersey #23 in a 2-hour ceremony at the United Center
  • 1995-03-19 Michael Jordan rejoins Chicago Bulls after 17 months, beats Pacers
  • 1996-02-11 46th NBA All-Star Game, Alamodome, San Antonio, TX: East beats West, 129-118; MVP: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls, F
  • 1996-04-20 Chicago Bulls win record 72 games in a season
  • 1996-04-21 Chicago Bulls win NBA record 72 games (72-8)
  • 1996-05-01 Miami Heat beaten, 112-91 to Chicago Bulls to be swept 3-0 in round 1 of NBA Eastern Division playoffs; first time in his 14 years as head coach Pat Riley ousted in the opening round
  • 1996-06-16 50th NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Seattle Supersonics, 4 games to 2; the Bulls' 4th title in 6 years
  • 1996-07-12 Michael Jordan signs a NBA contract with the Chicago Bulls, for 1 year for $30.1 million

Sports History

1997-01-15 Controversial Chicago Bulls' forward Dennis Rodman kicks cameraman Eugene Amos in the groin during a game against Minnesota Timberwolves; ultimately pays Amos $200,000 settlement, and is suspended for 11 games without pay

  • 1997-06-13 51st NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz 4, games to 2

Sports History

1997-12-23 Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson is quickest to reach 500 wins (682 games)

  • 1998-02-08 48th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: East beats West, 135-114; MVP: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls, F
  • 1998-03-27 Chicago Bulls - Atlanta Hawks matchup at Georgia Dome in Atlanta, draws a crowd of 62,046, largest in any game in NBA history; Bulls win, 89-74
  • 1998-06-14 NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz, 87-86 in Game 6 for their 3rd consecutive title and 6th in 8 seasons; MVP: Michael Jordan for 3rd straight year and 6th time
  • 1999-04-01 Detroit Pistons guard Joe Dumars becomes 10th player in NBA history to play 1,000 games with the same team and one of 8 to play 1,000 games with his only team; scores 18 points in 107-75 rout of Chicago Bulls
  • 1999-06-30 NBA Draft: Duke power forward Elton Brand first pick by Chicago Bulls
  • 2000-01-19 Michael Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to 6 NBA championships as a player, returns to the NBA, joining the Washington Wizards as part owner and President of Basketball Operations
  • 2001-01-04 Washington Wizards forward Michael Jordan becomes 4th player in NBA history to score 30,000 career points; hits a free throw in 2nd quarter of an 89-83 win against his old team, the Chicago Bulls
  • 2004-10-05 7-time All-Star and 6-time NBA Champion forward Scottie Pippen announces his retirement from the NBA and the Chicago Bulls
  • 2007-01-20 Utah coach Jerry Sloan passes Larry Brown for 4th on the NBA's all-time win list (1,010) after the Jazz beat the Chicago Bulls, 95-85 at the United Center
  • 2008-06-26 NBA Draft: Memphis point guard Derrick Rose first pick by Chicago Bulls
  • 2016-01-03 Jimmy Butler breaks Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls record for points in an NBA half, scoring 40 of his 42 points in the second half to lead the Bulls in a 115-113 victory over the Toronto Raptors

Sports History

2018-01-22 New Orleans Pelicans' DeMarcus Cousins has 44 points, 24 rebounds & 10 assists in 132-128 double-OT win over Chicago Bulls; 1st player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1972) with 40+ points, 20+ rebounds & 10+ assists

  • 2021-12-14 Steph Curry makes his 2,974th three-point shot to pass Ray Allen as the NBA's greatest career 3-point shooter during Golden State Warriors' 105-96 win over NY Knicks at Madison Square Garden
  • 2022-01-01 Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozen becomes first player in NBA history to hit buzzer-beaters on consecutive days; hits 3-pointers to beat Washington Wizards, 120-119 and previous night Indiana Pacers, 108-106

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1924-07-10 Johnny Bach, American basketball coach (Fordham Uni, Penn State Uni; NBA C'ship 1991-93 Chicago Bulls assistant coach), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1931-05-17 Stan Albeck, American basketball coach (Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls), born in Chenoa, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • 1932-07-17 Johnny Kerr, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1956, 59, 63; Syracuse Nats/Philadelphia 76ers), coach (Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns) and broadcaster (Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1940-02-22 Chet Walker, American basketball forward (NBA All-Star 1964, 66, 67, 70, 71, 73, 74; NBA C'ship 1967, Philadelphia 76ers; Chicago Bulls), born in Bethlehem, Mississippi
  • 1942-03-28 Jerry Sloan, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Utah Jazz 1988-2011) and shooting guard (NBA All-Star 1967, 69; Chicago Bulls), born in McLeansboro, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1946-11-24 Jimmy Collins, American basketball shooting guard (Chicago Bulls) and coach (University of Illinois, Chicago 1996-2010), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1947-04-01 Norm Van Lier, American basketball point guard (NBA All Star 1974, 76, 77; Chicago Bulls) and broadcaster (Comcast SportsNet), born in East Liverpool, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1948-02-22 Dennis Awtrey, American NBA center (Chicago Bulls, Suns), born in Hollywood, California

Robert ParishRobert Parish (69 years old)

1953-08-30 American College/Basketball HOF center (9 x NBA All-Star; NBA C'ship 1981, 84, 86 Boston Celtics; 97 Chicago Bulls), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

  • 1955-11-22 James Edwards, American basketball center (NBA C'ship 1989, 90 Detroit Pistons, 1996 Chicago Bulls), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1957-07-30 Bill Cartwright, American basketball center, coach (3-time NBA champion, Chicago Bulls), born in Lodi, California
  • 1960-09-29 John Paxson, American NBA Guard and basketball administrator(Chicago Bulls), born in Dayton, Ohio

Dennis RodmanDennis Rodman (61 years old)

1961-05-13 American NBA forward (Chicago Bulls), born in Trenton, New Jersey

  • 1962-01-04 Joe Kleine, American NBA center, 1985-2000 (Olympic gold, 1984; Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls, and 4 other teams), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Michael JordanMichael Jordan (59 years old)

1963-02-17 American Basketball Hall of Fame forward, owner (5-time NBA MVP, 6-time NBA champion Chicago Bulls), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1963-04-26 Bill Wennington, Canadian NBA center (Chicago Bulls), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1964-01-20 Ron Harper, American NBA guard (Chicago Bulls), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1964-01-27 Jack Haley, NBA center (Chicago Bulls)
  • 1965-04-18 Jim Boylen, American basketball head coach (Chicago Bulls 2018-19; University of Utah 2007-11), born in East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Scottie PippenScottie Pippen (57 years old)

1965-09-25 American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (6 x NBA champion Chicago Bulls; 7 x NBA All Star; NBA All Star Game MVP 1994; Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Hamburg, Arkansas

  • 1965-09-27 Steve Kerr, American basketball guard, head coach (5 NBA titles as player Chicago Bulls, SA Spurs - 3 as coach GS Warriors), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1966-08-09 Vinny Del Negro, American NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs) and coach (Chicago Bulls), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1968-05-22 Randy Brown, American NBA point guard and executive (NBA C'ship 1996-98, Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968-06-19 Jud Buechler, NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls)
  • 1968-09-18 Toni Kukoč, Croatian basketball forward (NBA C'ship 1996, 97, 98 Chicago Bulls; NBA Sixth Man of the Year 1996; 5 × Euroscar Player of the Year), born in Split, Croatia
  • 1969-01-19 Luc Longley, Australian NBA center (Chicago Bulls), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1971-01-12 Scott Burrell, American NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1973-06-12 Jason Caffey, American NBA forward (Chicago Bulls), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1973-12-10 Rusty LaRue, NBA guard (Chicago Bulls)
  • 1974-10-09 Keith Booth, American NBA forward (Chicago Bulls), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1979-07-16 Chris Mihm, American basketball player (Chicago Bulls), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Dwyane WadeDwyane Wade (41 years old)

1982-01-17 American basketball player (Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1984-12-07 Aaron Gray, American NBA basketball player, 2007-14 (Chicago Bulls and 3 other teams), born in Tarzana, California
  • 1988-10-04 Derrick Rose, American basketball point guard (NBA Draft 2008 #1 overall pick Chicago Bulls; NBA MVP 2011; NBA All-Star 2010–12), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1989-09-14 Jimmy Butler, American basketball small forward (Olympic gold 2016; NBA All-Star 2015–18, 20, 22; Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1995-03-10 Zach LaVine, American NBA player (Chicago Bulls), born in Renton, Washington

Lonzo BallLonzo Ball (25 years old)

1997-10-27 American basketball player (LA Lakers, Chicago Bulls), born in Anaheim, California


Weddings in Sport

Wedding of Interest

1998-11-14 Chicago Bulls NBA player Dennis Rodman (37) weds "Baywatch" actress Carmen Electra (26) at Little Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas, Nevada

Deaths in Sport

  • 2009-02-26 Johnny Kerr, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1956, 59, 63; Syracuse Nats/Philadelphia 76ers), coach (Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns) and broadcaster (Chicago Bulls), dies of prostate cancer at 76
  • 2009-02-26 Norm Van Lier, American basketball point guard (NBA All Star 1974, 76, 77; Chicago Bulls) and broadcaster (Comcast SportsNet), dies at 61
  • 2016-01-18 Johnny Bach, American basketball coach (Fordham Uni, Penn State Uni; NBA C'ship 1991-93 Chicago Bulls assistant coach), dies at 91
  • 2020-05-22 Jerry Sloan, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Utah Jazz 1988-2011) and shooting guard (NBA All-Star 1967, 69; Chicago Bulls), dies from Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia at 78
  • 2020-12-13 Jimmy Collins, American basketball shooting guard (Chicago Bulls) and coach (University of Illinois, Chicago 1996-2010), dies from heart surgery complications at 74
  • 2021-03-25 Stan Albeck, American basketball coach (Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls), dies from a stroke at 89