Unstopabulls: The Year Jordan And Company Could Not Be Stopped

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.

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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.

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No other team had been more dominant in an entire year.

Hi there, I’m Shaun Benderson, from the University of Florida. I’m a student who’s into sports blogging. Follow me on Twitter for more interesting tidbits on sports.

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Why Super Teams are Ruining the NBA

Just recently, the New York Knicks’ Derrick Rose signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, joining Lebron James and an army of top-rated players to form yet another super team.

This is just one example of a trend that has been quite popular over the last few years. It happened when Kevin Durant joined Klay Thompson and Steph Curry in Golden State. However, this may be more forgivable because the Splash Brothers were already there with the team, to begin with.

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There are other teams in the NBA that have taken the route of assembling the best five out of the biggest superstars all over the league. It’s ridiculous, and it’s killing the league.

That’s because the message is strong. It simply states that the only sure way to win a championship is to hoard all the talent in one place.

Whatever happened to winning through sheer passion and dedication? That’s something that the NBA needs to have a really good look at today. Soon enough, what we have so loved as a sport will turn into nothing more than a business, which truly makes the essence of sportsmanship a lot less significant.

Michael Jordan, the greatest player that the NBA ever saw, put it best when he said he would have never called Larry Bird or Magic Johnson to even so much as float the idea of building a super team. That’s because he wanted to beat them, not join them.

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This is the kind of player that makes winning an attitude, the kind that we are seeing a lot less of nowadays.

I’m Shaun Benderson, a budding sports blogger and University of Florida student. For more interesting sports stories, follow me on Twitter.