1996-97 Chicago Bulls Season
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1996%E2%80%9397 Chicago Bulls Season
1996-97 Chicago Bulls season
NBA champions
Conference champions
Division champions
Head coachPhil Jackson
OwnersJerry Reinsdorf
ArenaUnited Center
Results
Record69–13 (.841)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Central)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finishNBA Champions
(Defeated Jazz 4-2)

Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionWGN-TV
SportsChannel Chicago
RadioWMVP

The 1996-97 NBA season was the Bulls' 31st season in the National Basketball Association.[1] The Bulls entered the season as defending NBA champions, having defeated the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1996 NBA Finals in six games, winning their fourth NBA championship. During the offseason, the Bulls signed 43-year old free agent All-Star center Robert Parish, who won three championships with the Boston Celtics in the 1980s.[2] Coming off of one of the greatest seasons in NBA history, The Bulls, on the backs of recording another first-place finish in their division and conference, repeated as NBA champions. The Bulls were led by Michael Jordan, perennial All-Star small forward Scottie Pippen, and rebound ace Dennis Rodman, with the former two (Jordan and Pippen) both being selected for the 1997 NBA All-Star Game.[3] Other notable players on the club's roster that year were clutch-specialist Croatian Toni Kuko?, and sharp-shooting point guard Steve Kerr.

The Bulls got off to a fast start winning their first twelve games, while posting a 42-6 record before the All-Star break.[4] During the final month of the regular season in early April, the team signed free agent Brian Williams, who previously played for the Los Angeles Clippers last season, and spent most of the 1996-97 season as a free agent. Williams played in the final nine games of the season as a backup center for the Bulls.[5] Though, the Bulls look to make history against the New York Knicks in their final regular season game of the year, Pippen missed a game-winning 3 and they finished with a 69-13 record, just missing out on becoming the first team in NBA history to have back-to-back 70 wins seasons.[6] Jordan led the league in scoring once again averaging 29.6 points per game, while being named to the All-NBA First Team, and NBA All-Defensive First Team. Pippen averaged 20.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game, while Rodman led the league with 16.1 rebounds per game, but played just 55 games due to suspensions and injuries, such as serving an 11-game suspension for kicking a cameraman during a road game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 15, 1997,[7] and a knee injury which cost him to miss the final 13 games of the regular season. Kuko? provided scoring off the bench, averaging 13.2 points per game.[8] The Bulls had the fourth best team defensive rating in the NBA.[9]

In the playoffs, the Bulls would sweep the Washington Bullets in three straight games in the Eastern Conference First Round.[10] In the Eastern Conference Semifinals, they defeated the Atlanta Hawks in five games,[11] despite losing Game 2 at the United Center 103-95.[12] In the Eastern Conference Finals, they defeated the Miami Heat in five games to advance to the NBA Finals,[13] where they defeated regular season MVP Karl Malone, John Stockton and the Utah Jazz in six games for their fifth title in seven years.[14] Following the season, Parish retired after 21 seasons in the NBA,[15] Williams signed as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons,[16] and Dickey Simpkins was traded to the Golden State Warriors.

Offseason

NBA draft

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 29 Travis Knight C  United States UConn

Roster

Regular season

Season standings

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Chicago Bulls 69 13 .841 - 39-2 30-11 24-4
x-Atlanta Hawks 56 26 .683 13 36-5 20-21 17-11
x-Detroit Pistons 54 28 .659 15 30-11 24-17 17-11
x-Charlotte Hornets 54 28 .659 15 30-11 24-17 14-14
Cleveland Cavaliers 42 40 .512 27 25-16 17-24 13-15
Indiana Pacers 39 43 .476 30 21-20 18-23 11-17
Milwaukee Bucks 33 49 .402 36 20-21 13-28 10-18
Toronto Raptors 30 52 .366 39 18-23 12-29 6-22
1996-97 NBA East standings
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Chicago Bulls 69 13 .841 -
2 y-Miami Heat 61 21 .744 8
3 x-New York Knicks 57 25 .695 12
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 56 26 .683 13
5 x-Detroit Pistons 54 28 .659 15
6 x-Charlotte Hornets 54 28 .659 15
7 x-Orlando Magic 45 37 .549 24
8 x-Washington Bullets 44 38 .537 25
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 42 40 .512 27
10 Indiana Pacers 39 43 .476 30
11 Milwaukee Bucks 33 49 .402 36
12 Toronto Raptors 30 52 .366 39
13 New Jersey Nets 26 56 .317 43
14 Philadelphia 76ers 22 60 .268 47
15 Boston Celtics 15 67 .183 54

Record vs. opponents

1996-97 NBA records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA VAN WAS
Atlanta -- 3-1 1-3 1-3 3-1 2-0 1-1 1-3 2-0 1-1 3-1 2-0 1-1 1-2 4-0 2-0 3-1 1-3 3-1 4-0 1-1 2-0 2-0 2-0 1-1 4-0 1-1 2-0 2-1
Boston 1-3 -- 0-4 0-4 1-2 1-1 1-1 0-4 1-1 0-2 1-2 0-2 1-1 0-4 1-3 0-2 0-4 0-4 0-4 1-3 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 0-2 3-1 0-2 0-2 0-4
Charlotte 3-1 4-0 -- 0-4 3-1 1-1 2-0 2-2 2-0 2-0 2-2 1-1 1-1 1-2 2-2 2-0 4-0 3-1 1-2 4-0 1-1 0-2 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-2 0-2 2-0 3-1
Chicago 3-1 4-0 4-0 -- 3-1 2-0 2-0 3-1 2-0 1-1 4-0 2-0 1-1 2-2 4-0 2-0 3-1 2-2 3-0 4-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 3-1 1-1 2-0 2-1
Cleveland 1-3 2-1 1-3 1-3 -- 2-0 1-1 2-2 1-1 0-2 3-1 2-0 1-1 0-4 2-2 2-0 4-0 1-3 2-2 3-0 1-1 1-1 2-0 0-2 0-2 3-1 1-1 2-0 1-3
Dallas 0-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 -- 3-1 0-2 0-4 0-4 1-1 2-2 0-4 0-2 0-2 1-3 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-3 1-3 2-2 1-3 1-3 0-2 1-3 3-1 0-2
Denver 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 1-1 1-3 -- 0-2 1-3 1-3 0-2 1-3 0-4 0-2 1-1 0-4 1-1 0-2 0-2 1-1 2-2 0-4 2-2 2-2 0-4 1-1 0-4 3-1 1-1
Detroit 3-1 4-0 2-2 1-3 2-2 2-0 2-0 -- 2-0 1-1 3-1 2-0 1-1 0-4 3-1 2-0 4-0 1-2 2-2 2-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 3-1 1-1 2-0 4-0
Golden State 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 1-1 4-0 3-1 0-2 -- 0-4 1-1 1-3 0-4 0-2 1-1 1-3 2-0 0-2 1-1 2-0 0-4 2-2 1-3 4-0 0-4 2-0 0-4 3-1 0-2
Houston 1-1 2-0 0-2 1-1 2-0 4-0 3-1 1-1 4-0 -- 1-1 3-1 3-1 0-2 1-1 4-0 2-0 1-1 0-2 2-0 2-2 2-2 4-0 3-1 3-1 1-1 2-2 3-1 2-0
Indiana 1-3 2-1 2-2 0-4 1-3 1-1 2-0 1-3 1-1 1-1 -- 2-0 1-1 1-3 2-2 2-0 2-2 1-3 1-3 3-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 4-0 0-2 2-0 1-3
L.A. Clippers 0-2 2-0 1-1 0-2 0-2 2-2 3-1 0-2 3-1 1-3 0-2 -- 2-2 0-2 2-0 1-3 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 2-2 0-4 2-2 4-0 1-3 2-0 1-3 4-0 0-2
L.A. Lakers 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 4-0 4-0 1-1 4-0 1-3 1-1 2-2 -- 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 2-0 4-0 1-3 4-0 2-2 3-1 1-1 1-3 4-0 2-0
Miami 2-1 4-0 2-1 2-2 4-0 2-0 2-0 4-0 2-0 2-0 3-1 2-0 1-1 -- 4-0 1-1 3-1 1-3 2-2 3-1 2-0 1-1 2-0 2-0 0-2 3-1 0-2 2-0 3-1
Milwaukee 0-4 3-1 2-2 0-4 2-2 2-0 1-1 1-3 1-1 1-1 2-2 0-2 0-2 0-4 -- 0-2 2-1 1-2 2-2 3-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 1-1 1-1 3-1 1-1 2-0 1-3
Minnesota 0-2 2-0 0-2 0-2 0-2 3-1 4-0 0-2 3-1 0-4 0-2 3-1 1-3 1-1 2-0 -- 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 3-1 2-2 0-4 4-0 0-4 1-1 1-3 4-0 1-1
New Jersey 1-3 4-0 0-4 1-3 0-4 1-1 1-1 0-4 0-2 0-2 2-2 1-1 0-2 1-3 1-2 0-2 -- 2-2 1-3 2-2 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-0 1-1 0-3 0-2 2-0 1-3
New York 3-1 4-0 1-3 2-2 3-1 1-1 2-0 2-1 2-0 1-1 3-1 2-0 1-1 3-1 2-1 1-1 2-2 -- 3-1 3-2 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-0 0-2 3-0 1-1 2-0 4-0
Orlando 1-3 4-0 2-1 0-3 2-2 1-1 2-0 2-2 1-1 2-0 3-1 1-1 1-1 2-2 2-2 1-1 3-1 1-3 -- 2-2 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 4-0 0-2 1-1 1-3
Philadelphia 0-4 3-1 0-4 0-4 0-3 0-2 1-1 1-2 0-2 0-2 0-3 1-1 0-2 1-3 1-3 1-1 2-2 2-3 2-2 -- 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-3 0-2 2-0 1-3
Phoenix 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 3-1 2-2 2-0 4-0 2-2 1-1 2-2 0-4 0-2 1-1 1-3 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 -- 1-3 4-0 3-1 2-2 0-2 1-3 2-2 1-1
Portland 0-2 1-1 2-0 0-2 1-1 3-1 4-0 1-1 2-2 2-2 1-1 4-0 3-1 1-1 2-0 2-2 2-0 1-1 0-2 1-1 3-1 -- 2-2 4-0 1-3 0-2 2-2 4-0 0-2
Sacramento 0-2 2-0 0-2 0-2 0-2 2-2 2-2 1-1 3-1 0-4 1-1 2-2 0-4 0-2 2-0 4-0 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-0 0-4 2-2 -- 3-1 1-3 1-1 0-4 4-0 0-2
San Antonio 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 2-0 3-1 2-2 0-2 0-4 1-3 1-1 0-4 2-2 0-2 1-1 0-4 0-2 0-2 1-1 1-1 1-3 0-4 1-3 -- 0-4 1-1 1-3 1-3 0-2
Seattle 1-1 2-0 0-2 0-2 2-0 3-1 4-0 1-1 4-0 1-3 1-1 3-1 1-3 2-0 1-1 4-0 1-1 2-0 1-1 2-0 2-2 3-1 3-1 4-0 -- 2-0 1-3 4-0 2-0
Toronto 0-4 1-3 2-2 1-3 1-3 2-0 1-1 1-3 0-2 1-1 0-4 0-2 1-1 1-3 1-3 1-1 3-0 0-3 0-4 3-1 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 0-2 -- 1-1 1-1 2-2
Utah 1-1 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 3-1 4-0 1-1 4-0 2-2 2-0 3-1 3-1 2-0 1-1 3-1 2-0 1-1 2-0 2-0 3-1 2-2 4-0 3-1 3-1 1-1 -- 4-0 2-0
Vancouver 0-2 2-0 0-2 0-2 0-2 1-3 1-3 0-2 1-3 1-3 0-2 0-4 0-4 0-2 0-2 0-4 0-2 0-2 1-1 0-2 2-2 0-4 0-4 3-1 0-4 1-1 0-4 -- 1-1
Washington 1-2 4-0 1-3 1-2 3-1 2-0 1-1 0-4 2-0 0-2 3-1 2-0 0-2 1-3 3-1 1-1 3-1 0-4 3-1 3-1 1-1 2-0 2-0 2-0 0-2 2-2 0-2 1-1 --

Game log

Regular season

Playoffs

Player stats

Regular season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Randy Brown 72 3 14.7 .420 .182 .679 1.5 1.8 1.12 .24 4.7
Jud Buechler 76 0 9.2 .367 .333 .357 1.7 .8 .30 .28 1.8
Jason Caffey 75 19 18.7 .532 .000 .659 4.0 1.2 .33 .12 7.3
Bison Dele 9 0 15.3 .413 .000 .733 3.7 1.3 .33 .56 7.0
Ron Harper 76 74 22.9 .436 .362 .707 2.5 2.5 1.13 .50 6.3
Michael Jordan 82 82 37.9 .486 .374 .833 5.9 4.3 1.71 .54 29.6
Steve Kerr 82 0 22.7 .533 .464 .806 1.6 2.1 .82 .04 8.1
Toni Kuko? 57 15 28.2 .471 .331 .770 4.6 4.5 1.05 .51 13.2
Luc Longley 59 59 24.9 .456 .000 .792 5.6 2.4 .39 1.12 9.1
Robert Parish 43 3 9.4 .490 .000 .677 2.1 .5 .14 .44 3.7
Scottie Pippen 82 82 37.7 .474 .368 .701 6.5 5.7 1.88 .55 20.2
Dennis Rodman 55 54 35.4 .448 .263 .568 16.1 3.1 .58 .35 5.7
Dickey Simpkins 48 0 8.2 .333 .250 .700 1.9 .6 .10 .10 1.9
Matt Steigenga 2 0 6.0 .250 .000 .500 1.5 1.0 .50 .50 1.5
Bill Wennington 61 19 12.8 .498 .000 .830 2.1 .7 .16 .18 4.6

Playoffs

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Randy Brown 17 5.8 .300 .000 .600 .6 .4 .47 .12 1.2
Jud Buechler 18 7.7 .419 .333 .600 1.3 .3 .17 .06 1.8
Jason Caffey 17 9.8 .455 .000 .786 2.5 .9 .18 .18 2.4
Bison Dele 19 17.7 .481 .000 .516 3.7 .6 1.00 .42 6.1
Ron Harper 19 27.1 .400 .344 .750 4.3 3.0 1.26 .74 7.5
Michael Jordan 19 42.3 .456 .194 .831 7.9 4.8 1.58 .89 31.1
Steve Kerr 19 17.9 .429 .381 .929 .9 1.1 .89 .11 5.0
Toni Kuko? 19 22.3 .360 .358 .707 2.8 2.8 .68 .21 7.9
Luc Longley 19 22.7 .548 .000 .385 4.4 1.8 .37 .84 6.5
Robert Parish 2 9.0 .143 .000 .000 2.0 .0 .00 1.50 1.0
Scottie Pippen 19 39.6 .417 .345 .791 6.8 3.8 1.47 .95 19.2
Dennis Rodman 19 28.2 .370 .250 .577 8.4 1.4 .53 .21 4.2

NBA finals

Schedule

  • Game 1 - June 1, Sunday @Chicago, Chicago 84, Utah 82: Chicago leads series 1-0
  • Game 2 - June 4, Wednesday @Chicago, Chicago 97, Utah 85: Chicago leads series 2-0
  • Game 3 - June 6, Friday @Utah, Utah 104, Chicago 93: Chicago leads series 2-1
  • Game 4 - June 8, Sunday @Utah, Utah 78, Chicago 73: Series tied 2-2
  • Game 5 - June 11, Wednesday @Utah, Chicago 90, Utah 88: Chicago leads series 3-2
  • Game 6 - June 13, Friday @Chicago, Chicago 90, Utah 86: Chicago wins series 4-2

The Finals were played using a 2-3-2 site format, where the first two and last two games are held at the team with home court advantage's (Chicago's) home court (United Center).

Game 1

Sunday, June 1, at the United Center

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Utah 18 24 22 18 82
Chicago 17 21 24 22 84

Game 2

Wednesday, June 4, at the United Center

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Utah 20 11 28 26 85
Chicago 25 22 31 19 97

Game 3

Friday, June 6, at the Delta Center

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Chicago 22 23 15 33 93
Utah 31 30 16 27 104

Game 4

Sunday, June 8, at the Delta Center

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Chicago 16 24 16 17 73
Utah 21 14 21 22 78

Game 5: The Flu Game

Wednesday, June 11, at the Delta Center

Game 5, often referred to as "The Flu Game", was one of Michael Jordan's most memorable. Just 24 hours earlier, on June 10, 1997, Michael Jordan woke up nauseated and sweating profusely. He hardly had the strength to sit up in bed and was diagnosed with a stomach virus or food poisoning. The Bulls trainers told Jordan that there was no way he could play in the game. The Jazz had just won two in a row to tie the series, and Chicago needed their leader in this critical swing game. Against all odds, Jordan rose from bed at 3:00 p.m., just in time for the 6:00 tip-off at the Delta Center.

Jordan was visibly weak and pale as he stepped onto the court for Game Five. At first, he displayed no energy whatsoever, and John Stockton, along with reigning MVP Karl Malone, quickly led the Jazz to a 16-point lead. But in the second quarter, Jordan started to sink shots despite lacking his usual explosive speed and hardly being able to concentrate. He scored 17 points in the quarter as the Bulls hit the front before halftime.

Luc Longley and Scottie Pippen did their best to keep the Bulls in the game while Jordan was fatigued again in the third. But Jordan turned it on again, scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter, including a clutch rebound and three-point shot with the game tied and under a minute left that put the Bulls up by three points. Chicago held on for a narrow victory.

Jordan finished the game with 38 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block. Malone was the highest-scoring Jazz player with 19 points but suffered from some dreadful shooting. Jordan stayed on the court for 44 minutes, resting for only four minutes while being perpetually at the brink of fainting. With only a few seconds remaining and the game finally at hand, Jordan collapsed into Scottie Pippen's arms.[17]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Chicago 16 33 18 23 90
Utah 29 24 19 16 88

Game 6

Friday, June 13, at the United Center

Michael Jordan was not fully recovered from the flu, but was feeling much better and led the Bulls with 39 points. In the third quarter Michael Jordan dunked after a steal, bringing the crowd to its feet. The Bulls trailed by 9 points early in the fourth quarter but went on a 10-0 run to take their first lead since the opening minutes when Steve Kerr hit a 3-pointer, but the Jazz would regain the lead. In the final minutes, Jordan's fadeaway on the baseline put the Bulls up by 3, before Bryon Russell hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 86-86. The two teams would fail to score on their next possessions. With 28 seconds left after Shandon Anderson missed a reverse layup, the Jazz expected Jordan to take the final shot. Instead, Jordan passed off to Steve Kerr, who hit a shot with 5 seconds left to send the United Center crowd into a frenzy. The Jazz looked for one final shot to stay alive, but Scottie Pippen made a massive defensive play as he knocked away Bryon Russell's inbound pass intended for Shandon Anderson and was able to pass the ball over to Toni Kuko?, who dunked the final 2 points of the game to bring the Finals to an end. Afterwards, Jordan was named the NBA Finals MVP.

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Utah 23 21 26 16 86
Chicago 17 20 27 26 90

Awards and honors

References

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  2. ^ "PARISH'S 21ST SEASON WILL BE ON MADISON ST". Chicago Tribune. September 26, 1996. Retrieved 2021.
  3. ^ "JORDAN, PIPPEN ALL-STARS AGAIN". Chicago Tribune. January 27, 1997. Retrieved 2021.
  4. ^ "1996-97 Chicago Bulls Schedule and Results". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ "WILLIAMS JUMPS INTO ACTION A LITTLE EARLY FOR THE BULLS". Chicago Tribune. April 5, 1997. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ "Knicks Shock the Bulls to Sew Up Third Spot". New York Times. April 20, 1996. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "NBA kicks back at Rodman 11-game suspension could cost Bulls star more than $1 million". Baltimore Sun. January 18, 1997. Retrieved 2021.
  8. ^ "1996-97 Chicago Bulls Roster and Stats". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved 2021.
  9. ^ "Teams Defense". NBA.com. Retrieved 2021.
  10. ^ "IN THEIR FINAL SHOT, BULLETS JUST MISS". Washington Post. May 1, 1997. Retrieved 2021.
  11. ^ "Bulls, Led By Rodman, Keep Going". New York Times. May 14, 1997. Retrieved 2021.
  12. ^ "Chicago's Late Heroics Fail to Arrive in Game 2". New York Times. May 9, 1997. Retrieved 2021.
  13. ^ "HOT STUFF! HEAT STUFFED". Chicago Tribune. May 29, 1997. Retrieved 2021.
  14. ^ "BULLS GOT THERE BECAUSE THEY'D BEEN THERE". Chicago Tribune. June 16, 1997. Retrieved 2021.
  15. ^ "Ex-Celtic Parish Ends His Career After 21 Years". Los Angeles Times. September 7, 1997. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ "BRIAN WILLIAMS SIGNS WITH PISTONS". Chicago Tribune. August 17, 1997. Retrieved 2021.
  17. ^ "QUEASY DOES IT". Chicago Tribune. June 12, 1997. Retrieved 2021.

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