Way back in October, back when the Bulls’ record of 72 wins was safe, I began an essay about the 12 moves the Bulls made between June 1993 and October 1995 that turned an aged, bickering, 57-win champion into a flourishing, rejuvenated, 72-win juggernaut.
Seven months later, I have a 13,000-word e-book and have spent more time reading about and watching clips of the 1995-96 Bulls than any time other than 1995-96. I’ll save you the suspense: It’s been a sweet 7 months!
Thus I am very proud to release “How The GOAT Was Built: 6 Life Lessons From the 1996 Chicago Bulls.”
From November 2010 to May 2011, I wrote for a site called “The Sports Blog Network,” a sports website launched by Chris Reed. The site folded, as websites do, and at some point in the past year (maybe longer?) the content was removed.
I loved the work I did there and appreciated the opportunity Chris gave me (thanks man!) so I am reposting all of those stories on ReadJack.
Dancing days for the Chicago Bulls
Originally published on Sports Blog Network December 1, 2010
That is because, for the first time since those ring-bearing Bulls of Jordan and Pippen, Jackson and Rodman, the Red and Black have run the annual circus trip gauntlet and secured more wins than losses.
That last came with their best player and the Eastern Conference’s leading scorer on the pine with a sore neck. No matter – if not for a just-signed, ice cold D-Leaguer bricking a pair of foul shots with 12 seconds to play, the Bulls of Rose and Noah and Thibs and Lu would have banged out that win too. Continue reading “Dec. 1, 2010: Dancing days for the Chicago Bulls”
November 28, 2011: If I haven’t seen it, it’s new to me.
“They’re back!” Ben said in celebration, and they were indeed back: the 2011-2012 NBA season would play after all, a 66-game season that would begin Christmas Day. We high-fived and began jumping in circles in the tea room. I was hosting a post-Thanksgiving weekend party, and Ben was the first to arrive, and my old friend and partner-in-Bulls- joined me for a spirited dance as we imagined Derrick Rose driving and dishing and contorting his body for another gravity-defying layup. Continue reading “If I haven’t seen it, it’s new to me.”
In 30 minutes, the Chicago Bulls begin their 2010-11 season. As a new patch on their jerseys indicates, this season marks the twenty-year anniversary of the 1991 Bulls, the franchise’s first championship team.
Not that I’ve ever met the man, but that’s how it feels with the home team. It is indeed root-root!-ROOT!, and then Duhon signs with the Knicks, and they trade Chris Harris to Carolina and ship Rowand to the Phillies, and, well, you miss ‘em.
Part of this is strategic; you think the Bulls would be best served with Duhon running the second unit, and you prefer Harris’ smarts and hits to Danieal Manning’s speed, and you feel it’s bad karma to trade away your World Series-winning center fielder less than a month after winning the World Series. Continue reading “From August 11, 2008: Signing your life away”
OK. That’s not fair. Baseball was always big. But the Bears were BIG. We watched the Bears every week. We went to the games. We sang the songs. Papa made his picks for his pool, and later, so did I. And while Chicago has never been a Bulls’ city, I grew up at a time when the Bulls were on their way to becoming the biggest show around, on the strength of having a player who already was the biggest show around. On top of that, there was always such a choppiness with the Cubs. Two playoff trips five years apart, and yet two entirely different teams, with only Sandberg and Sutcliffe (and Scott Sanderson, if you want to be generous) stemming the tide from the ’84 club to the ’89 club. Meanwhile, the Bears were at their absolute best and biggest, and the Bulls were climbing: between ’84 and ’89 they acquired all six starters for the first Three-Peat, and promoted Phil Jackson to head coach. Continue reading “From the ’93 Sox to the ’98 Cubs: a sports conversion”