Throwback Thursday: Bulls win first NBA championship

VIDEO: Relive the Bulls’ top 10 plays from the 1991 Finals

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Today’s Topic: Chicago Bulls win 1991 Finals

Entering the 1990-91 season, the Chicago Bulls had experienced playoff success and also bitter playoff losses. Years upon years of failing to get past the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons culminated in the 1991 East finals, where Chicago exorcised its demons against Detroit. In sweeping the Pistons, the Bulls reached their first Finals, squaring off against Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers.

After falling in Game 1 at home, the Bulls rebounded and rattled off four straight wins, clinching the title on June 12, 1991 to claim their first NBA championship. Little would Chicago know at the time, but a dynasty would begin with that Finals series win as the Bulls were crowned champions in ’92, ’93, ’96, ’97 and ’98.

In honor of the Bulls’ first title, we take a look back at the storied career of the best player on that team, Michael Jordan:

Gallery: Michael Jordan’s career

What are your favorite Jordan memories? Leave your comments below!


  1. This was a great team, but the team they put on the floor in 95-98 was even better. Same core of Jordan and Pippen, but Rodman and Kukoc joining them made them arguably the best team of all time. Either way, this was a fun year to watch. Between sweeping the Pistons and practically sweeping the Lakers, it was like a dream come true!

    • jkrich says:

      I say they were inarguably the best team of all time! You can’t argue that another team that was better than a 72-10, 69-13, and 62-20 records for a three-peat and they were statistically the best team ever in 1995-96 season.

  2. nedharkey says:

    Ah, Michael Jordan! Ever see that poster of him dunking from the top of the key? It’s a good thing he never competed in the High Jump event at the Summer Olympics! He would have shattered that record for many years to come…

  3. Kal says:

    everything from when Jordan was a kid to this championship was an epic struggle and deserved… after this, the Bulls knew how to win and had the good fortunes of not running into another superteam for a few years, so they were able to run off another three and go 72-10 when they added Rodman and became the league’s only superteam at the time. it would have been interesting to see them play the Heart of A Champion Rockets…

    the 2 Jazz finals are their and MJ’s greatest achievement, in my opinion, not just because Stockton&Malone as a duo were the toughest competition they’d faced yet but when you factor in the flu game and how they won #6 in style … without those, Jordan wouldn’t necessarily be considered better than Bird and Magic (altho he was) but with them, it couldn’t really be argued he’d climbed higher than anybody ever. (the Jazz mountain logo seemed to set the stage.)

    the flu game is the greatest game any player ever played or ever will play, whether or not you agree Jordan is the GOAT, it set the bar so that LeBron being tired can’t really be used as an excuse…

  4. steve says:

    Chicago ‘ s 1st NBA Championship was 20 years ago yesterday; Cleveland might happen next week!

  5. Jojo says:

    When Merv said “spectacular moved by Michael Jordan” and that was the defining moment of his air greatness.

  6. mdsons says:

    When Merv said ‘and the chicago bulls, have won their first nba championship ever” – i always remember that