Scottie Pippen says '96 Bulls would sweep '16 Warriors


Scottie Pippen says '96 Bulls would sweep '16 Warriors

The 1995-96 Bulls still boast the best regular-season record in NBA history. But perhaps not for too much longer.

The Golden State Warriors have just eight losses with six regular-season games remaining, and it's possible they could take over the title.

But what if those two teams could somehow go head to head to truly prove which was the best NBA squad of all time?

Bulls legend Scottie Pippen doesn't think it would be close, telling Paul Pabst of The Dan Patrick Show on Saturday that the '96 Bulls would sweep this year's Warriors team were they to match up in a fantasy seven-game playoff series.

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The Warriors wouldn't even win a game? That's saying something.

But that '96 Bulls team did feature a trio of Hall of Famers in Michael Jordan, Pippen and Dennis Rodman, not to mention head coach Phil Jackson.

And while it might not have been the main reason Pippen picked a Bulls sweep, the '96 Bulls also featured Steve Kerr, now the head coach of the Warriors. So the Bulls would know all the Warriors' plays.

Kendall Gill named to Illini Athletics Hall of Fame


Kendall Gill named to Illini Athletics Hall of Fame

Kendall Gill can add another bullet point to his resume.

NBC Sports Chicago's Bulls analyst was announced as a member of the University of Illinois' Athletics Hall of Fame for the Class of 2018. Gill enters in the same class as his coach at Illinois, Lou Henson, and former Bulls broadcaster Johnny "Red" Kerr.

Gill was a part of Illinois' 1989 Final Four team and earned consensus Second-Team All-America honors the following year as a senior when he led the Big Ten in scoring (20 points per game). He is third in program history in steals with 218.

He went on to have a 15-year NBA career, which included a stint with the Bulls.

Last year was the inaugural class for Illinois' hall of fame.

Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

The Bulls square off against the Sixers tonight on NBC Sports Chicago, with coverage beginning at 6:30 with Bulls Pregame Live. Here are three things to watch as the Bulls begin the stretch run of their regular season.

1. The new rotation: Most of the Bulls’ rotation looks the same, but the addition of David Nwaba, Cristiano Felicio and Cameron Payne will have a different feel. The Bulls clearly want to get a look at these guys before the end of the regular season, meaning they’re not just going to get sporadic minutes. They’ll have to play through their mistakes, play out-matched at times and be put in uncomfortable situations. But the Bulls need to see what they have, especially in Payne, who has missed the entire season to this point with a broken foot.

2. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons: They’re quite the 1-2 punch and have the Sixers looking at their first playoff appearance since Derrick Rose hadn’t yet torn an ACL. Yeah, that’s a long time. Embiid just finished his first All-Star appearance (starting in his second year) and Simmons is the front runner for Rookie of the Year. The Bulls will have their hands full with these two. Luckily…

3. Kris Dunn is back: The Bulls wanted to get Dunn some run before heading to All-Star Weekend to play in the Rising Stars Challenge, and he looked healthy in that thumping against the Raptors last week. The good news is John Paxson says Dunn won’t be on a minutes limit, which means he’s healthy. That, of course, is more important than how he’s playing. It’ll be fun to see him, LaVine and Markkanen play together down the stretch. Their numbers together aren’t great, but the Bulls are 2-2 with all three in the lineup, and tanking or not…it’s more fun to watch when those three are rolling.