There was so much speculation and comparison roaming around the hardwood circuit when Stephen Curry's Warriors mirrored the almighty Chicago Bulls 1995-96 record of 73 regular season wins...The internet was flooded with player side-by-side comparisons...matching players of the today Warriors against the magical Bulls team of the 1990s. No matter where you sat in the decision making process we were definitely comparing apples to apples as the league's elite were under a microscope. Now, it is certainly tough to contend with superstar Michael Jordan coming out of retirement, the offensive prowess of Scottie Pippen and the "OVERALL-NESS" of Dennis "the Worm" Rodman! This Bulls era and all of the names associated with it will certainly stand the test of time as decades pass in the NBA history...Can we say say the same for the Warriors line-up? Is it fair to even place them next the dominant three-peat bulls lined with some pretty amazing back stories? Obviously, only time will tell!
But back to the famous comparison that nearly broke the internet: Scottie Pippen didn't waste any time after the Golden State Warriors' let-down loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, declaring their failure to win a championship in Game 7 means the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls are, in fact, the greatest NBA team to ever play the game. Quite honestly, it is pretty tough to argue against this point! As we remember, the 2015-16 Warriors eclipsed the Bulls' record with their 73 wins in the regular season, but the Cavs beat the defending champion Warriors 93-89 to end a 52-year major sports championship drought in Cleveland which the city so urgently needed! Fun little side note...as I sit and write this the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in game 7 of the world series last night...ending a 108 year championship drought for the Cubbies...told you, that was a sidetrack!
Back to our point here, Scottie Pippen was asked during an interview on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" show who the greatest NBA team to ever play the game was after the Cavaliers rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Warriors and win the NBA Finals in seven games. Pippen simply chimed in with:
Earlier this year Pippen said the 1995-96 Bulls would clearly sweep this Warriors team. Coincidentally, The Warriors are coached by Steve Kerr, another member of that amazing Bulls team. "No matter how well you do in the regular season, it has to be capped off with a championship, to really mark your legacy in the game," Pippen told ESPN Radio. "That's where we see Golden State had some failure there. They lost their dominance throughout the playoffs."--- Scottie said "there's a different pressure" in the postseason that the 1995-96 Bulls had to face themselves when they entered into the playoffs after an amazing 72-10 regular season. That incredible Bulls line-up devoured the postseason, going 15-3 on their way to an NBA Finals win where they beat the Seattle SuperSonics in six games. "We had done so well and now we're faced with the same thing that the Warriors were faced with," Pippen remembered, "Can this team be considered one of the greatest teams? Well, you can't be considered a great team until you win a championship." ---And the truth shall set you free!
And you know that the oh-so eclectic Dennis Rodman, another member of the 1995-96 Bulls team, had to chime in on the situation! The Worm expressed a similar feeling on his Twitter feed...remember this one folks??:
"Congrats @cavs for winning @NBA title. @warriors u had a great regular season. But the greatest team of all time is the 95-96 @chicagobulls."
We will say it again...the truth shall set you free! *BOOM*Go to page 1