1997-98 Chicago Bulls Season
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1997%E2%80%9398 Chicago Bulls Season
1997-98 Chicago Bulls season
NBA champions
Conference champions
Division champions
Head coachPhil Jackson
OwnersJerry Reinsdorf
ArenaUnited Center
Results
Record62–20 (.756)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Central)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finishNBA Champions
(Defeated Jazz 4-2)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionWGN-TV
SportsChannel/Fox Sports Chicago
RadioWMVP

The 1997-98 NBA season was the Bulls' 32nd season in the National Basketball Association.[1] The Bulls entered the season as the two-time defending NBA champions, where they defeated the Utah Jazz in the 1997 NBA Finals in six games, winning their fifth NBA championship. During the offseason, the Bulls acquired Scott Burrell from the Golden State Warriors. Without All-Star forward Scottie Pippen for the first half of the season due to a foot injury sustained from the 1997 NBA Finals,[2] the Bulls played around .500 with a 9-7 record in November. However, Pippen would eventually return as the Bulls posted a 13-game winning streak between March and April, as they finished first place in the Central Division with a 62-20 record. In the playoffs, the Bulls defeated the New Jersey Nets 3-0 in the first round, the Charlotte Hornets 4-1 in the semifinals, and then the Indiana Pacers 4-3 in the Conference Finals en route to advance to the NBA Finals. In the Finals, they met the Utah Jazz in a rematch from last year's NBA Finals and just like last year, they would go on to defeat the Jazz in six games to win the championship. The championship was their sixth in eight years and completed the franchise's second "3-peat".

The season also saw Michael Jordan earn his fifth and final NBA Most Valuable Player Award, while being selected for the 1998 NBA All-Star Game, where he also won his third and final All-Star Game MVP Award. This was Jordan's last season as a Bull, as he announced his second retirement after it was over.[3] However, he did make a second comeback with the Washington Wizards in 2001. Following the season, Phil Jackson resigned as head coach, Pippen was traded to the Houston Rockets, rebound-specialist Dennis Rodman left for the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent, Luc Longley was dealt to the Phoenix Suns, Steve Kerr signed with the San Antonio Spurs, Scott Burrell signed with the New Jersey Nets, and Jud Buechler signed with the Detroit Pistons.

Because of this dismantling of the team, this was the last season for the Bulls dynasty that had headlined the NBA throughout the 1990s. What followed was a long rebuilding process between 1998 and 2004, and the Bulls did not return to the postseason until 2005.

The story of this season was captured in ESPN's The Last Dance. It aired in April 2020, expedited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Offseason

NBA draft

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 28 Keith Booth SF  United States Maryland
2 58 Roberto Dueñas C  Spain FC Barcelona (Spain)

Roster

Regular season

Season standings

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Chicago Bulls 62 20 .756 - 37-4 25-16 21-7
x-Indiana Pacers 58 24 .707 4 32-9 26-15 19-9
x-Charlotte Hornets 51 31 .622 11 32-9 19-22 16-12
x-Atlanta Hawks 50 32 .610 12 29-12 21-20 19-9
x-Cleveland Cavaliers 47 35 .573 15 27-14 20-21 14-14
Detroit Pistons 37 45 .451 25 25-16 12-29 12-16
Milwaukee Bucks 36 46 .439 26 21-20 15-26 9-19
Toronto Raptors 16 66 .195 46 9-32 7-34 2-26
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Chicago Bulls 62 20 .756 -
2 y-Miami Heat 55 27 .671 7
3 x-Indiana Pacers 58 24 .707 4
4 x-Charlotte Hornets 51 31 .622 11
5 x-Atlanta Hawks 50 32 .610 12
6 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 47 35 .573 15
7 x-New York Knicks 43 39 .524 19
8 x-New Jersey Nets 43 39 .524 19
9 Washington Wizards 42 40 .512 20
10 Orlando Magic 41 41 .500 21
11 Detroit Pistons 37 45 .451 25
12 Boston Celtics 36 46 .439 26
12 Milwaukee Bucks 36 46 .439 26
14 Philadelphia 76ers 31 51 .378 31
15 Toronto Raptors 16 66 .195 46

Record vs. opponents

1997-98 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 -- 2-1 4-0 1-3 4-0 2-0 2-0 2-2 2-0 1-1 1-3 2-0 0-2 1-3 3-1 0-2 1-2 2-2 2-2 3-1 0-2 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 4-0 0-2 2-0 4-0
Boston 1-2 -- 1-2 1-3 1-3 1-1 1-1 2-2 1-1 1-1 0-4 2-0 1-1 0-4 2-2 1-1 2-2 2-2 2-2 3-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 3-0 0-2 2-0 3-2
Charlotte 0-4 2-1 -- 1-3 2-2 2-0 2-0 3-1 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-0 1-1 3-1 3-1 1-1 2-2 1-3 3-1 2-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 4-0 1-1 2-0 2-2
Chicago 3-1 3-1 3-1 -- 2-2 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-0 2-0 2-2 2-0 1-1 2-1 4-0 1-1 4-0 4-0 3-1 2-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-0 1-1 4-0 0-2 2-0 3-1
Cleveland 0-4 3-1 2-2 2-2 -- 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-0 1-1 2-2 2-0 1-1 1-3 2-2 2-0 3-1 1-2 2-2 3-1 2-0 1-1 2-0 0-2 0-2 3-1 1-1 2-0 1-2
Dallas 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 -- 3-1 0-2 1-3 0-4 1-1 1-3 0-4 0-2 0-2 2-2 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-4 0-4 0-4 0-4 2-2 1-1 0-4 4-0 1-1
Denver 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2 1-3 -- 0-2 1-3 0-4 0-2 2-2 0-4 0-2 0-2 1-3 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-4 2-2 1-3 0-4 0-4 0-2 0-4 1-3 1-1
Detroit 2-2 2-2 1-3 1-3 1-3 2-0 2-0 -- 2-0 1-1 1-3 2-0 0-2 1-2 2-2 0-2 2-2 2-2 1-2 3-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 4-0 0-2 0-2 2-2
Golden State 0-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 3-1 3-1 0-2 -- 1-3 0-2 1-3 1-3 0-2 0-2 0-4 0-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-4 1-3 2-2 1-3 1-3 0-2 0-4 1-3 0-2
Houston 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 1-1 4-0 4-0 1-1 3-1 -- 1-1 4-0 1-3 0-2 1-1 1-3 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-3 1-3 4-0 2-2 1-3 2-0 0-4 3-1 1-1
Indiana 3-1 4-0 1-3 2-2 2-2 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-0 1-1 -- 2-0 0-2 3-1 4-0 2-0 2-1 2-1 3-1 4-0 1-1 1-1 2-0 0-2 0-2 4-0 1-1 2-0 4-0
L.A. Clippers 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 3-1 2-2 0-2 3-1 0-4 0-2 -- 0-4 0-2 0-2 0-4 1-1 0-2 0-2 1-1 0-4 0-4 3-1 1-3 0-4 1-1 1-3 1-3 0-2
L.A. Lakers 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 4-0 4-0 2-0 3-1 3-1 2-0 4-0 -- 1-1 2-0 4-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 2-2 2-2 4-0 4-0 1-3 2-0 3-1 4-0 1-1
Miami 3-1 4-0 1-3 1-2 3-1 2-0 2-0 2-1 2-0 2-0 1-3 2-0 1-1 -- 3-1 1-1 3-1 2-2 3-1 4-0 0-2 2-0 2-0 0-2 0-2 4-0 1-1 2-0 2-2
Milwaukee 1-3 2-2 1-3 0-4 2-2 2-0 2-0 2-2 2-0 1-1 0-4 2-0 0-2 1-3 -- 1-1 0-4 3-1 2-1 2-2 0-2 2-0 2-0 0-2 1-1 3-1 0-2 1-1 1-2
Minnesota 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 2-2 3-1 2-0 4-0 3-1 0-2 4-0 0-4 1-1 1-1 -- 2-0 1-1 0-2 2-0 3-1 1-3 3-1 1-3 1-3 1-1 1-3 4-0 0-2
New Jersey 2-1 2-2 2-2 0-4 1-3 2-0 2-0 2-2 2-0 1-1 1-2 1-1 1-1 1-3 4-0 0-2 -- 2-2 3-1 3-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 0-2 3-1 0-2 2-0 1-3
New York 2-2 2-2 3-1 0-4 2-1 1-1 2-0 2-2 1-1 1-1 1-2 2-0 1-1 2-2 1-3 1-1 2-2 -- 4-0 2-2 2-0 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 3-1 0-2 2-0 1-3
Orlando 2-2 2-2 1-3 1-3 2-2 2-0 2-0 2-1 1-1 2-0 1-3 2-0 1-1 1-3 1-2 2-0 1-3 0-4 -- 4-0 0-2 2-0 0-2 0-2 1-1 3-1 0-2 2-0 3-1
Philadelphia 1-3 1-3 1-2 1-2 1-3 2-0 2-0 1-3 2-0 1-1 0-4 1-1 2-0 0-4 2-2 0-2 1-3 2-2 0-4 -- 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 2-2 0-2 2-0 3-1
Phoenix 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 0-2 4-0 4-0 1-1 4-0 3-1 1-1 4-0 2-2 2-0 2-0 1-3 1-1 0-2 2-0 1-1 -- 2-2 3-1 3-1 2-2 2-0 1-3 4-0 1-1
Portland 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 4-0 2-2 2-0 3-1 3-1 1-1 4-0 2-2 0-2 0-2 3-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-2 -- 3-1 2-2 0-4 2-0 3-1 2-2 1-1
Sacramento 0-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 4-0 3-1 1-1 2-2 0-4 0-2 1-3 0-4 0-2 0-2 1-3 0-2 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-3 1-3 -- 0-4 1-3 1-1 2-2 2-2 1-1
San Antonio 1-1 2-0 1-1 0-2 2-0 4-0 4-0 1-1 3-1 2-2 2-0 3-1 0-4 2-0 2-0 3-1 1-1 2-0 2-0 2-0 1-3 2-2 4-0 -- 2-2 2-0 1-3 4-0 1-1
Seattle 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-2 4-0 2-0 3-1 3-1 2-0 4-0 3-1 2-0 1-1 3-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-2 4-0 3-1 2-2 -- 2-0 2-2 4-0 1-1
Toronto 0-4 0-3 0-4 0-4 1-3 1-1 2-0 0-4 2-0 0-2 0-4 1-1 0-2 0-4 1-3 1-1 1-3 1-3 1-3 2-2 0-2 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 -- 0-2 1-1 0-3
Utah 2-0 2-0 1-1 2-0 1-1 4-0 4-0 2-0 4-0 4-0 1-1 3-1 1-3 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 3-1 1-3 2-2 3-1 2-2 2-0 -- 4-0 0-2
Vancouver 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-4 3-1 2-0 3-1 1-3 0-2 3-1 0-4 0-2 1-1 0-4 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-4 2-2 2-2 0-4 0-4 1-1 0-4 -- 1-1
Washington 0-4 2-3 2-2 1-3 2-1 1-1 1-1 2-2 2-0 1-1 0-4 2-0 1-1 2-2 2-1 2-0 3-1 3-1 1-3 1-3 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 3-0 2-0 1-1 --

October-November

December

January

February

March

April

Game log

Regular season

Playoffs

Player stats

Regular season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Keith Booth 6 0 2.8 .333 .000 1.000 .7 .2 .00 .00 1.7
Randy Brown 71 6 16.2 .384 .000 .718 1.3 2.1 1.00 .17 4.1
Jud Buechler 74 0 8.2 .483 .385 .500 1.0 .7 .30 .20 2.7
Scott Burrell 80 3 13.7 .424 .354 .734 2.5 .8 .80 .46 5.2
Jason Caffey 51 8 13.9 .503 .000 .660 3.4 .7 .25 .33 5.3
Ron Harper 82 82 27.9 .441 .190 .750 3.5 2.9 1.32 .59 9.3
Michael Jordan 82 82 38.8 .465 .238 .784 5.8 3.5 1.72 .55 28.7
Steve Kerr 50 0 22.4 .454 .438 .918 1.5 1.9 .52 .10 7.5
Joe Kleine 46 1 8.6 .368 .000 .833 1.7 .7 .09 .11 2.0
Toni Kuko? 74 52 30.2 .455 .362 .708 4.4 4.2 1.03 .50 13.3
Rusty LaRue 14 0 10.0 .408 .250 .625 .6 .4 .21 .07 3.5
Luc Longley 58 58 29.4 .455 .000 .736 5.9 2.8 .59 1.07 11.4
Scottie Pippen 44 44 37.5 .447 .318 .777 5.2 5.8 1.80 .98 19.1
Dennis Rodman 80 66 35.7 .431 .174 .550 15.0 2.9 .59 .22 4.7
Dickey Simpkins 21 0 11.3 .634 .000 .591 1.5 .8 .19 .14 3.7
David Vaughn III 3 0 2.0 1.000 .000 .500 .3 .0 .00 .00 1.3
Bill Wennington 48 8 9.7 .436 .000 .810 1.7 .4 .08 .10 3.5

Postseason

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Randy Brown 14 5.1 .167 .000 .833 .6 .6 .14 .00 .6
Jud Buechler 16 4.0 .364 .600 .000 .7 .2 .19 .06 .7
Scott Burrell 21 12.4 .438 .300 .909 2.0 .5 .90 .14 3.8
Ron Harper 21 26.8 .459 .263 .615 3.7 2.3 .95 .86 6.7
Michael Jordan 21 41.5 .462 .302 .812 5.1 3.5 1.52 .57 32.4
Steve Kerr 21 19.8 .434 .463 .818 .8 1.7 .33 .00 4.9
Toni Kuko? 21 30.3 .486 .377 .645 3.9 2.9 1.24 .48 13.1
Luc Longley 18 25.3 .450 .000 .872 5.0 1.9 .67 .83 7.9
Scottie Pippen 21 39.8 .415 .228 .679 7.1 5.2 2.14 .95 16.8
Dennis Rodman 21 34.4 .371 .250 .605 11.8 2.0 .67 .62 4.9
Dickey Simpkins 13 5.7 .375 .000 .444 1.0 .2 .15 .08 1.2
Bill Wennington 16 7.4 .526 .000 .500 .9 .2 .38 .12 2.8

NBA finals

1998 NBA Finals Roster

Series summary

Legend: OT denotes a game decided in overtime

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 June 3 Utah 88-85 (OT) Chicago
Game 2 June 5 Utah 88-93 Chicago
Game 3 June 7 Chicago 96-54 Utah
Game 4 June 10 Chicago 86-82 Utah
Game 5 June 12 Chicago 81-83 Utah
Game 6 June 14 Utah 86-87 Chicago

Bulls win series 4-2

Games 1 and 2

This was the first time in the 1990s that the same two teams played each other in two consecutive finals. The Jazz had won both regular season match-ups, and many analysts predicted a hard-fought seven game series. Predictions of a Jazz championship were strengthened with their game one victory in overtime in Utah. The Bulls would tie the series in game 2 putting together a fourth quarter run to silence the Delta Center and holding on to win 93-88, finally securing their first victory against Utah all season.

Games 3, 4 and 5

The Finals would move to Chicago with control of the series at stake in Game 3. Though anticipation was high, no one could have expected a blow-out of the proportions seen in Game 3. With a 96-54 triumph over Utah, the Bulls would help the Jazz set an embarrassing record for the lowest points scored in Finals history and biggest margin of defeat, while everyone on the Bulls scored. The Jazz would pull themselves together in Game 4 in a better attempt to tie the series, but lost 86-82.

The early Jazz series-lead seemed like a distant memory, a false indication of a tough series as they hit the floor for Game 5 behind 3-1. Chicago fans prepared for the last game they would host with the Jordan-led Bulls of the 1990s. But any notions of a championship at the United Center would be snuffed out when Michael Jordan airballed an off-balance 3 to the right of the basket giving the Jazz a narrow 83-81 win. The play might have been for Toni Kuko? to shoot a three. With the series shifting back to Utah with a far more generous 3-2 Bulls advantage, the promise of another Chicago championship was not so certain.

Game 6

The Chicago Bulls had never let a Finals series go to a Game 7.

As they arrived at the Delta Center for Game 6, things didn't look good for the Bulls. Scottie Pippen's back gave out when he dunked the opening basket of the game and he was slowed down and held to just 8 points. The Jazz suffered a bad break when the referees incorrectly nullified a Howard Eisley three-pointer that, replays showed, was clearly released just before the 24-second clock expired. In the 4th quarter, the Bulls closed the gap as Michael Jordan tallied many of his 45 overall points. Then things got worse for Chicago when John Stockton hit a clutch 3 with 41.9 seconds left to give Utah an 86-83 lead as the Delta Center crowd roared happily. Down by 3, the Bulls had one last chance to stay alive. Running perilously low on energy, it would be imperative for Chicago to win the series before the game went into OT, and also for the Bulls to avoid a Game 7 on the road when Scottie Pippen was so badly injured and their entire lineup was exhausted.

After Michael Jordan made a layup to cut the Jazz lead to one, the Bulls needed to stop the Jazz from scoring again. When John Stockton passed the ball to Karl Malone, Michael Jordan stole the ball away and dribbled to the front. Guarding him was Bryon Russell, one of the Jazz's best perimeter defenders. Jordan drove inside the 3-point line, executed a quick cross-over, and drilled a 20-ft. jump shot to give the Bulls an 87-86 lead with 5.2 seconds left. After Utah took a timeout, Stockton's 3 hit the rim and bounced away, giving the Bulls their 6th title in 8 years. The famous winning shot has been immortalized in many records, as Jordan completed a perfect sextet: 6 NBA Finals, 6 championships, and 6 NBA Finals MVP trophies.

Awards and honors

References

  1. ^ "1997-98 Chicago Bulls Roster and Stats - Basketball-Reference.com".
  2. ^ "Pippen's Back Surgery Should Not Affect His Career, Doctor Says". Chicago Tribune. July 29, 1998. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "PRO BASKETBALL; THE FINAL WORD FROM JORDAN". New York Times. January 14, 1999. Retrieved 2017.

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