A dynasty was born.
On this day June 12, 1991, Bulls legend Michael Jordan won his first NBA championship and Finals MVP, capping off a 4-1 series win against the Los Angeles Lakers.
This was no easy task for the Bulls going up against the Lakers Big Three in Magic Johnson, Vlade Divac and James Worthy.
The Lakers did, however, win Game 1 of the series 93-91, at the old Chicago Stadium – now the United Center -- despite Jordan’s game-leading 36 points.
The leading scorer trend was no small feat for Jordan in the series, besides Scottie Pippen leading all scorers in Game 5 with 32.
Jordan averaged a double-double in the series, leading the Bulls in scoring with over 31 points per game and 11.4 assists. Pippen followed suit with nearly 21 points and six assists.
This was just the beginning for Jordan and the Bulls dynasty. The Bulls would eventually win again in 1992 and 1993, marking the first such “three-peat” since the Celtics won eight straight from 1959-66.
After Jordan retired in 1993 to join the White Sox, he came back in 1995. And beginning in the 1995-96 season another three-peat was cemented into the history books, with Jordan leading the Bulls to three consecutive championships from 1996-98.
On Saturday morning, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Jimmy Butler had been granted permission to avoid the Timberwolves media day, amidst the drama created by his trade demand:
The decision comes as no shock, as no one fully expected the Timberwolves to execute a Jimmy Butler trade in 24 hours.
It will take a while for this situation to come to a conclusion, as Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and Tom Thibodeau—already prepared to hold on to Butler following his trade demand—will surely look for the best trade offer that still gives them the ability to be playoff contenders.
Some NBA fans, like the ever-relevant Rob Perez, were not fans of Minnesota shutting down more drama before it could get started:
It is not yet known if Minnesota is actively engaging in trade discussions with any of the teams on Butler's preferred teams list (Clippers, Nets, Knicks).
If they have, there is a reasonable chance that a Butler trade can be done by early-October. A source from the NBA board of governors meeting told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, "The owner's trading him..... It's just a matter of when."
The sooner a deal is done, the sooner the Timberwolves can start to integrate their new piece(s) before their season opener in San Antonio.
It was announced on Saturday morning, that Omer Asik will be out indefinitely.
Asik had an arthritis flare up over the summer, and that is the key to his current diagnosis. The Bulls acquired Asik last season in the Nikola Mirotic trade with the New Orleans Pelicans.
He has two years and north of $22 million left on his contract (including this current season).
The Bulls never expected Asik to play heavy minutes, and this injury puts his 2018-19 season in jeopardy,
This is Asik's second stint with the Bulls, as he played with Chicago in the first two seasons of his career.