Why We’ll Be Better Than The 95-96 Bulls

the bullsI will never… NEVER… believe that the 95-96 Chicago Bulls belong in the pantheon of all time greats.  They might be knocking on the door… they might be able to feel the heat through the window as the ’86 Celtics and the ’85 Lakers drank scotch while sitting by the fire.  But they’ll never get inside. 

I know full well that they won 72 games.  But I also know they’d lose to a lot of those teams in the mid-80′s… and I think that we’re better than them too.

Simply put… the Bulls got real fat off real weak talent.  Consider that the NBA expanded twice in 6 years:  in 1989 (Orlando, Minnesota) and in 1995 (Toronto, Vancouver).   That’s 2 teams that were 6 years old… and two that were brand new.  The Bulls played those teams 12 times.  Orlando was good that year… the other teams were not. 

Not only that, the talent level hadn’t even recovered from that past expansion when the next one happened.  This league was more watered down than Natural Light.  Have you ever had a Natty Light?  It sucks… and so did the NBA back then.  The Bulls were a great team in a crappy league… and it showed.

Meanwhile, there is no such expansion for the Celtics.  When the Celtics win 60-something games this year… it’s against a resurgent NBA.  Once upon a time… a team needed 3 stars to have a shot a championship.  Then in the 90′s… you only needed 2.  We’re starting to break out of that now.  Stars are starting to emerge where we didn’t expect them.  A team with two All-Stars isn’t going to be enough anymore.  2007-08 NBA competition is flat-out better than the 1995-96 NBA.  To approach 70 wins this year will be MUCH more impressive than winning 72 games back then.  Even a team finishing in the mid-60 win total is more impressive to me than what those Bulls did. 

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32 Responses

  1. I got the Celtics going 67-15.

  2. Vancover was bad? I guess you never heard of “Big Country” Reeves. He was the only man that could stop Michael Jordan.

  3. John, you’ve never sounded smarter. The 90s Bulls were fradulent champs. I give Jordan all the credit in the world….he’s one of the best ever. In my book, Pippen is the most overrated player in the history of the NBA. He rode Jordan’s coattails…and did squat when MJ left. The role players on those Bulls teams were no better than the Celtics role players. All they had to do was hit open shots…because MJ was triple-teamed in key situations.

  4. Hate to say this, I just looked at both rosters, we are a better team because of “the Boston three party” but the bull role players are better then ours. This is how I think they match up… Perk or Longley….Longley Rondo or Harper…Rondo and that is a tought call House or Kerr come on……..Kerr Posey or Kukoc…….Kukoc Pollard or big Bill W…….Bill W T.Allen or Buechler/Brown……. Buechler/Brown one was offense one was D…..after that is don’t matter. O.K. two more Baby or Simpkins…….. Baby. Veal or Salley……point Spider!!!!!The reason we are better is because, if me and firedoc (I assume Tim you have some game) had KG,PP and Ray-Ray, we would smoke Chuck, John, Jordan, Pip, and Rodman………
    our three stars are way better then their three stars period. WOW I need a beer and a nap.

  5. You underestimate my skills. I should just hold an open 1-on-1 challenge. Anyone who beats me 1-on-1 gets a free t-shirt.

    Set shots are still allowed, right?

  6. It’s on, next time your in Ohio (home of the soon to be NCAA Football Champs). Anyone think the C’s will cover the spread

  7. Jester my man I’ve got plenty of game. My skills compiled with the fact that you are a 6’9” black man would simply make for a whooping of any opponent. And John should I just send you my adress for that shirt?

  8. I really wanted to hear a response from chuck on this ” The role players on those Bulls teams were no better than the Celtics role players.” GO buckeyes

  9. I might be old and way past my prime… but Tim.. you want the shirt… you’ll have to come get it.

    Jester, I think Chuck and I are ignoring it. Besides, the Celtics starting 5 is better than that Bulls starting 5.

  10. agreed

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  13. Lmao, you guys are 30 and 6 or some shit
    when the bulls were 33 and 3

    better catch up you arrogant babies!!!

    and btw the talent of the 90′s was huge

    (This post has been edited because Samuel is a moron, and feels the need to use inappropiate language)

  14. tony kukoc is better then the whole celtics team right nwo

    (This post was edited because Samuel is still a moron)

  15. hahhahahahhahahahahhaha u deleted my last post!!!!!!!!
    SUCK IT FOOLS!!!!!!!

  16. celts goin down boy!!!!!!!! C YA

  17. LMAO YOU LOST AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!! YOU GUYS SUCK DICK!

  18. lololololoool

  19. wow the 07 08 celtics suck MEGA ERECT VEINY COCK!!!

  20. ahhahahahahhahaha celtics suck penis just for teh feel of having a penis in their mouths

  21. Keep posting Chicago fans. You are only embarassing yourself. Then again with the way your team is playing this year, I’d probably act like a complete moron as well. And what’s the fascination with dick?

  22. And keep living in the past. The Celtics are 20 games better than the Bulls this year. Fuckin’ losers.

  23. LMAOLMAOLMAOLMAOLMAO

    CELTS ARE NOOBS

  24. celts are sure a poor team :p

  25. Wow this reds army dude is sure a faggot making outrageous claims like his team could ever be somewhere close to the bulls of yesterday…..

    what an overbloated statement. a ridiculous claim

    well red can shove his own dick in his mouth now and quiet down, the celts are sooo far from a 72-10, nowhere close..

    so thereu ahve it celts fans, you guys suck cocks, all day, and youre team aint shit, maybe next year,, but i highly doubt it, maybe in 100 years u guys can make a claim like this again, faggots fuck you, never will you be close to the greatness that was, i laugh at you all, ha ha ha. ha ha ha.

    BETTER THAN THE 96 BULLS? LMAO L M A O!!!!!BETTER THAN THE 96 BULLS? LMAO L M A O!!!!!BETTER THAN THE 96 BULLS? LMAO L M A O!!!!!BETTER THAN THE 96 BULLS? LMAO L M A O!!!!!BETTER THAN THE 96 BULLS? LMAO L M A O!!!!!BETTER THAN THE 96 BULLS? LMAO L M A O!!!!!BETTER THAN THE 96 BULLS? LMAO L M A O!!!!!BETTER THAN THE 96 BULLS? LMAO L M A O!!!!!BETTER THAN THE 96 BULLS? LMAO L M A O!!!!!BETTER THAN THE 96 BULLS? LMAO L M A O!!!!!BETTER THAN THE 96 BULLS? LMAO L M A O!!!!!

  26. Big Mick, So Pippen was overrated and rode on MJ’s coattail while in Chicago. But do you recall him winning the MVP during the ALL STAR Game and also one of the best defenders to play the game. Oh did I mention that he was a game a way from making the Finals without Jordan when he was called for that foul during the game against the Knicks? I think he emerged as his own when MJ retired the first time.

  27. [...] the 2007-08 Celtics are well on their way to challenging the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls for greatest team of all time…oh, wait…you have to play 82 games? Oh, [...]

  28. Wow, this is insane. I can’t believe people can honestly compare these Celtics to the 96 Bulls. The points you make are such a joke that it is laughable to read. The talent of the NBA is so much worse today. The Cavs are something like 26-5, and they have one above average player on their team (granted a top 3 NBA player.) But in an NBA where Lebron James can carry a team to 26-5, it’s insane to think the talent across the NBA is anything like it is from 96. Even if you disagree with that, the Celtics have just rattled off losses to the Lakers, Warriors (9-22), and Blazers (without Roy).

  29. OK, we all can appreciate a fan who loves their team, but this is ridiculous. The Celtics do have a big 3 thats real good…but to compare Ray Ray and Pierce to Jordan and Pippen is not even close enough to put them in the same zip code. Jordan and Pippen were both top 50 All-Time greats! Garnett is better than Rodman, but Rodman wasnt there to be a scorer on that team. As the poster above said, are you really going to make an arguement for today’s NBA being better when a 1 man team can have the 2nd best record in the east!? Oh, and as we speak the Celtics have lost 5 out of 7. 72-10 will not be even close to touched by the Celtics. They are a very good team, but the 96 Bulls are in a totally different category!

  30. The Bulls of the 1990′s, with Jordan and Pippen, would challenge any team in any era. Their 72 wins was no fluke, not by a long shot. The only people downplaying this incredible feat by the Bulls are Celtic fans who always think their teams are better. It figures. The Bulls played hardcore defense with the well planned triangle offense set up by Tex Winters. Michael Jordan refused to lose, and if anyone thinks any team in any era could have defeated the Bulls with number 23 at the helm, well, they are sadly mistaken in the extreme.

  31. As for the 07/08 & 08/09 Celtics? They can’t hold a candle to the 95/96 & 96/97 Bulls. The Bulls with MJ, Scottie and Rodman would beat these current Celtics 75% of the time.

  32. 1)72-10, World Championship. Enough said.
    2)If that wasn’t enough I’d rather have michael jordan on my team then garnett, pierce, and ray allen. He is the greatest player of all time.
    3)Today’s eastern conference is the biggest joke I’ve ever heard.
    4)Today’s NBA is soft, no handchecking, freethrowline bs everytime down the floor. As for talent, there was way more around back then.

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