The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team was at the time the best basketball team in history. The team made the record for the most wins in a regular season, which stood till 2016 when the Warriors broke it. There were fresh additions to the team, including Dennis Rodman and also the returned Michael Jordan.
Jordan had returned from playing baseball in 1995. He played a few regular-season games of the 1994-95 season and clinched a playoff berth. But Jordan couldn’t find his rhythm in the playoffs, as they lost to the Magic early in the postseason. Though they came back stronger than ever the following season.
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen weren’t so good with Jerry Krause
Prior to the 1995-96 season, Krause wanted Dennis Rodman on the roster. Rodman had a history with the Bulls as he played for the Bad Boy Pistons in the early 90s. Chicago radio personality, Mike North said that Jordan and Pippen did not like the general manager of the Bulls, even though Krause asked for their permission before signing Rodman.
“Jordan was… had just come back. He says we need a rebounder. You know they treated Krause like dog sh*t, and Krause built that team man. I mean Krause had to ask Jordan and Pippen… Pippen, why I don’t know, but he asked Jordan and Pippen, ‘If I signed Dennis Rodman, can you guys handle that?’. They said yeah.”, said North.
29 Apr 1998: Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls in action against Jason Williams #55 of the New Jersey Nets during the NBA Playoffs round 3 game at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Bulls defeated the Nets 116-101.
Jerry Krause played an important role in one of the greatest teams in history. The 90s belonged to the Chicago Bulls, and Jerry, the GM, did the best job he could. After the Bulls’ 5th title, Krause wanted to part ways with Phil Jackson as soon as he could, as he announced the following season as Jackson’s last. This did not leave a good impression, especially for Jordan.
Jordan and the Bulls could’ve tried for a seventh championship
In the last dance documentary, Jordan confirmed that at the beginning of the 1997-98 season, Krause made it clear that it was going to be Phil’s last season. Michael says that if the management had given the players and the coach a one-year contract to try for the seventh ring, no one would’ve missed the chance.
Though it did not go that way. Michael went back to retirement, Scottie and Kerr were traded to the Blazers and Phil was replaced. It is to wonder what could’ve been, if the Bulls had gone for their 4th straight ring? Do you think the Bulls would’ve won the following season? Do let us know in the comments.
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