Though the Golden State Warriors bested the Chicago Bulls’ regular season record a few seasons ago, the Dubs’ aura of dominance faded into the playoffs. That never happened with MJ and Co. Though the Bulls lost 10 games in the regular season, compared to the Dubs’ 9, Chicago went on to destroy opponent after opponent during the playoffs.
The lineup of the Bulls then was no joke, and it was a roster considered to be one of the greatest in NBA history. Of course, you had Jordan, the greatest player to ever live. Then came Scottie Pippen, MJ’s number 2, and probably the ultimate role player in the NBA. Dennis Rodman was the league’s leading rebounder and a guy who could defend just about anybody. Those three players alone comprised the most potent defense (and offense) the league had ever seen in that era.
Put in Toni Kukoc, the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, and one of the greatest European players to ever wear an NBA jersey, and Phil Jackson, the Coach of the Year, and you had a team that no other team could stand up to. They ran faster than any other team, defender better, and scored more often. No one else had a chance.
No other team had been more dominant in an entire year.