The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls have to be labeled the greatest NBA team ever put together. In fact, the team has to be called the greatest professional basketball team in history as the NBA is known throughout the world to have been the top professional league ever since its existence started in 1946. The Bulls finished the 1995-96 season with a 72-10 record. That remains the only time an NBA franchise has claimed 70 or more wins. In fact, the Bulls squad of the following season is tied for second on that list with the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers with 69 victories. Chicagoâ€™s winning percentage in 1995-96 of .878 is expected to remain the NBA record for some time to come. The team started the year with an incredible 41-3 mark before finishing 31-7 over its final 38 games. For the season, Chicago went 39-2 at the United Center and 33-8 away from the Windy City. The Bulls went on a season-long 18-game winning streak in the middle of the season. That included an undefeated January at 14-0. The Bulls cruised through the playoffs, satellite TV, starting with a three-game sweep of the Miami Heat and a 4-1 series win over the New York Knicks. Chicago then swept the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals before outlasting the Seattle SuperSonics in six games in the NBA Finals. The Bulls started the playoffs with a 14-1 record before falling to Seattle in games four and five of the Finals and finishing with an incredible 15-3 playoff record.
When Lebron James and Chris Bosh chose to team up with Dwayne Wade, the expectations for the Miami Heat instantly rose to a new level. Lebron James was quoted as saying that the Miami Heat would win eight NBA championship titles. Those were lofty goals to say the least. The 2012 NBA season would see the Miami Heat win the championship title over the Oklahoma Thunder. Lebron James was all smiles as he got to raise his first championship trophy into the air.
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College sports are all about rivalries. There is nothing quite like experiencing a great game between two teams that hate each other. When it comes to college basketball, there is not a rivalry great than that between Duke and North Carolina.
The rivalry between Duke and North Carolina is so intense because of the location of the schools and the historical relevance of each basketball program. Duke and North Carolina are only located a few miles from each other, so Read the rest of this entry »
Prior to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Kobe Bryant made headlines when he said that he believed that the current USA basketball team could beat the 1992 Dream Team. Kobe’s comments ruffled a few feathers and fueled a pretty heated debate. After all, it’s not every day that you hear someone suggest that the Dream Team was actually mortal. For the sports purist, that’s blasphemy. That’s like your wife taking the remote control and switching from Directv NFL Sunday Ticket to the Lifetime Network during a crucial fourth-quarter drive.
The Dream Team was more than just a team of NBA All-Stars. It was the most talented team ever assembled – in any sport. Eleven of the 12 players (all but Christian Laettner) and three of the four coaches (all but P.J. Carlesimo) have been elected to the Hall of Fame. On the court, the Dream Team annihilated its Olympic competition in spectacular fashion. It won by an average margin of nearly 44 points per game. The closest game was a 32-point thumping of Croatia in the gold-medal match.
However, the Dream Team was such a phenomenon that it transcended the game of basketball. It was the first U.S. Olympic team to include NBA players, allowing sports fans all over the world to witness the game of basketball at its highest level. Opposing players knew they had no chance, but they didn’t care. They were just happy to get a chance to play against the best players in the world. Some of them even snapped pictures and asked for autographs during games. By attracting attracted droves of fans from all over the world, the Dream Team helped grow the sport into the immensely popular international pastime that it is today.
So at the end of the day, I would say this to Kobe Bryant: There will never be another Dream Team. Those 12 players have been immortalized in sports lore as the most iconic team in the history of basketball. The Dream Team is bigger than the game, and for that, they can never lose.
UCLA’s John Wooden was head coach for 10 of the school’s NCAA-leading 11 championships, with Kentucky (8), Indiana and North Carolina (5), and Duke (4) next in line.
Wooden won his 10 titles in a 12-year span (1964-75), aided greatly by the presence of legendary big men Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton. Those UCLA teams were also helped by the (at the time) watered-down
tournament field, which often required the Bruins to only have to win, at the most, two games in order to advance to the Final Four.
The college basketball landscape has Read the rest of this entry »
Arguably the two greatest dynasties in NBA history, a matchup between the Bill Russell-led Boston Celtics and the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls would be both intriguing and difficult for either team.
The matchup would begin on the bench, with legendary head coaches Red Auerbach and Phil Jackson both brilliant strategists and motivators, leading to a deadlock.
At PG, Boston’s Bob Cousy’s extreme intelligence and savvy gives him the advantage over his Chicago counterpart, B.J. Armstrong, although Armstrong’s athleticism would give Cousy problems, while at SG, Read the rest of this entry »
Behind every successful sports team, comprised of talented and super-athletic specimens stands a man with a master plan. Without the brains of the operation, these teams would cease to function. Even the most talented individuals would not be able to compete at the professional level without a solid coach. Looking back at the history of the NBA, three specific men stand out as the most influential and successful coaches of all time. These men are Red Auerbach, Phil Jackson and Pat Riley.
Auerbach is very much Read the rest of this entry »
With the shortened NBA lockout season coming to a close and the playoff picture heating up, everything is coming to a head. Players are weary and frustrated due to the condensed game schedule; they’re banged up, and tempers are ready to spill over. All of the competition and potential animosity makes you stop to think about the greatest rivalries in the game today. Two of those powerful match-ups pit the Lakers versus the Mavericks and the Heat versus the Bulls. But which is the best rivalry at Read the rest of this entry »
The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls have to be labeled the greatest NBA team ever put together. In fact, the team has to be called the greatest professional basketball team in history as the NBA is known throughout the world to have been the top professional league ever since its existence started in 1946.
The Bulls finished the 1995-96 season with a 72-10 record. That remains the only time an NBA franchise has claimed 70 or more wins. In fact, the Bulls squad of the following season is tied for Read the rest of this entry »