The Chicago Bulls are most famously known as the team for which Michael Jordan played. During Jordan’s time as a Bull, the team won 6 NBA championships, cementing their status as one of the greatest basketball franchises of all time.
The Beginning Years
The Chicago Bulls franchise was established in 1966 and won 33 games their first season (this was a record amount of wins for any new NBA franchise at the time). The Bulls qualified for the NBA championships in both 1969 and 1974. At that time, the team was led by players Bob Love, Chet Walker, Jerry Sloan, and Norm Van Lier. After those players left the team in the mid 70s and early 80s, the Bulls experienced their first draught winning multiple seasons. In 1984, the team was middle of the pack and that’s when their luck changed.
That year, the Bulls drafted a rookie from North Carolina by the name of Michael Jordan and the rest is history. Jordan won the NBA Rookie of the Year award in 1984 and the team went to the playoffs for the following 14 consecutive seasons. While the Bulls made the playoffs, they didn’t win a championship until 1991 against the LA Lakers.
Jordan proceeded to take the Bulls straight to another stratosphere, winning 6 NBA championships in 8 years. That is pure dominance right there. From 1993 to 1994, Jordan retired briefly after losing interest in basketball. However, his hiatus did not last long and he returned to the Bulls in 1995.
Other key players at that time were Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen, who were Jordan’s right hand men and also helped the Bulls soar to victory.
In 1997, all three players left the team permanently. Jordan retired, while Rodman and Pippen went on to play for other franchises.
The Chicago Bulls have won 6 NBA championships in their history - and all 6 of those championship wins took place in an 8 year span. How did they win so many championships over such a short period of time? Simply put, the Bulls had a few star players that continually brought the team to victory.
Their first NBA championship title was in 1991 against the LA Lakers. Michael Jordan scored 31 points which was an NBA all-time record for points scored by a single player in an NBA game.
In 1996, a trio who would become famous and beloved by Bulls fans consisting of Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen, and Michael Jordan defeated the Seattle Sonics in the NBA championship. In 1997 and 1998, the Bulls won again against Utah Jazz.
Unfortunately, the Bulls haven’t won another NBA championship since Jordan’s retirement.
Michael Jordan was known for his consistency on and off the court and so it is fitting that the Chicago Bulls logo has also stayed consistent since the team's inception in 1966.
1966 - 1973
Similar to the Bulls’ logo, the team’s jersey has seen minimal updates since 1966. From 1966 to 1973, the team wore a white jersey with red accents, red block letters and numbers.
1973 - 1985
In 1973, the team updated their jersey a touch by making the jersey red, updating the name of the team to a cursive font and moving the numbers from the center of the jersey to the bottom right corner.
1985 - Today
From 1985 on, the Bulls returned to their tried and true white jersey with red accents and block letters and numbers.
The only difference between this current jersey and the first jersey the team wore is a slight change in font.