30 Important Dates In Chicago Bulls History

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October 18, 1966: The Chicago Bulls play their first game ever. 

March 19, 1967: During their first season, the Chicago Bulls make the playoffs for the first time.

April 4, 1975: The Chicago Bulls earn their first division title.

June 19, 1984: The Chicago Bulls select Michael Jordan with the third pick in the first round of the NBA draft.

October 26, 1984: Michael Jordan plays his first game in the NBA and with the Bulls.

July 16, 1985: Foreshadowing the greatness to come, Michael Jordan is named Rookie of the Year.

April 20, 1986: Michael Jordan sets the record for most points scored in one playoff game when he drops 63 points against the Celtics in the Boston Garden.

June 22, 1987: The Seattle Supersonics trade Sottie Pippen to the Bulls following the NBA draft.

July 10, 1989: Phil Jackson becomes the Chicago Bulls head coach.

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June 12, 1991: The Bulls defeat the Los Angeles Lakers for their first-ever NBA championship.

June 14, 1992: The Bulls defeat the Portland Trail Blazers for their second NBA Championship.

June 20, 1993: The Bulls three peat after defeating the Phoenix Suns for their third NBA Championship.

October 6, 1993: Michael Jordan announces his first retirement.

November 6, 1993: The Bulls play their first game in the United Center.

March 18, 1995: Michael Jordan comes out of retirement with two simple words: "I'm back."

October 2, 1995: Dennis Rodman joins the Bulls.

April 16, 1996: The Bulls earn the best single-season record in NBA history. Their record was 72-10.

April 21, 1996: Michael Jordan wins his record-winning eighth NBA scoring title.

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June 16, 1996: The Bulls defeat the Seattle Supersonics in the 1996 NBA finals, giving the franchise its fourth championship title.

June 11, 1997: During the NBA finals, Michael Jordan plays his "Flu Game."

June 13, 1997: The Bulls defeat the Utah Jazz in the last game of the NBA finals to clinch their fifth championship title.

December 23, 1997: Phil Jackson wins his 500th game.

June 14, 1998: Once again, the Bulls defeat the Utah Jazz in the NBA Finals to earn their sixth championship title.

January 13, 1999: Michael Jordan goes into retirement a second time.

October 5, 2004: Scottie Pippen announces his retirement.

April 24, 2005: The Bulls play in their first playoff game since 1998.

April 29, 2007: The Bulls defeat defending the NBA champions (Miami Heat) and advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1998.

June 26, 2008: After defying the odds and winning the first pick in the draft, the Bulls select Derrick Rose.

April 22, 2009: Derrick Rose is named Rookie of the Year for his impressive performance during the season and taking the Bulls to the playoffs.

May 3, 2011: At age 22, Derrick Rose becomes the younger player to ever be awarded MVP.

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