Jordan, Rose, Pippen, Gibson, LaVine: The five best dunks in Bulls history

Jordan, Rose, Pippen, Gibson, LaVine: The five best dunks in Bulls history

The five best dunks in Bulls history. Pretty straightforward. Chek them out in the video above, and put them in context with the text below.

- Michael spins back on Starks/Oakley, goes baseline over Patrick Ewing

The Knicks led the Bulls late in the second quarter of Game 3 of the playoffs' first round. Then Michael Jordan added an iconic moment to what was quickly becoming an illustrious career, reversing course on John Starks and Charles Oakley, driving baseline and dunking all over Patrick Ewing (this will come up again later). Jordan finished with 33 points as the Bulls completed a sweep of the Knicks, closing New York out in Madison Square Garden. They would go on to win their first title later that summer.

- Zach LaVine sends JaKarr Sampson back to the G-League

The most recent of the dunks, and we really wanted to get a current Bulls player in the list. LaVine was in the midst of his best stretch in his early tenure with the Bulls, averaging 26.5 points over a four-game span. And the most emphatic pair of points was scored in Sacramento, when LaVine rose up on JaKarr Sampson to put the Bulls ahead by 14 right before half. LaVine finished that game with 27 points on 9 of 18 shooting. And the funniest part? Sampson was sent back to the G-League the following day. Rumor has it he's still down there.

- Goran Dragic fails to get the memo on Derrick Rose

It could be the best dunk on this list. The Bulls held a lead on a Suns team that was 16-4 up until that point. That's when Rose went upstairs off a half-court pass from Tyrus Thomas, dunking all over 23-year-old Goran Dragic, then a rarely used reserve behind Steve Nash. And Stacey King was up to the task of hyping up a dunk of such ferocity. The Bulls would go on to win the game, with Rose finishing with 32 points on 15 of 21 shooting.

- Taj Gibson welcomes home Dwyane Wade

Oh, what a time. In the midst of the Bulls rocking the Heat by 21 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Taj Gibson set the tone for the series by going all the way upstairs in dunking over Dwyane Wade early in the second quarter. The best part of it all was Wade's tweet the following afternoon.

- Scottie Pippen disrespects Patrick Ewing

It's Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Bulls' final game in Chicago Stadium. And, boy, did Scottie Pippen ever close it down with a thunderous boom, dunking all over Patrick Ewing, who finished the regular season fifth in blocks. But he didn't add to his tally on this fast break, with Pippen going up top for the slam and then ruthlessly standing over the 7-footer. The Bulls won 93-79.

Former Bulls in the playoffs: Dwyane Wade turns back the clock in Philly


Former Bulls in the playoffs: Dwyane Wade turns back the clock in Philly

The NBA Playoffs are just three days old and yet there's a contingent of former Bulls who are alreayd leaving their mark on the postseason.

As the first in a series, we won't roll these out every day, but any time one of the dozen or so former Bulls in the postseason has a big night, we'll let you know right here.

Dwyane Wade, Heat: Flash turned back the clock in Miami's Game 2 victory in Philadelphia, scoring 28 points on 11 of 16 shooting in a 113-103 victory. Wade scored 21 points in the first half and made nine of his first 10 attempts, and he closed out the Sixers with an 18-footer to give the Heat an eight-point lead inside a minute to play. It was Wade's first 20+ point game since March 6, and the 28 points were the most he had scored since he scored 31 against the Kings last season with the Bulls. Miami won't necessarily need Wade to go off like that again to win the series, but it sure helped Monday night.

James Johnson, Heat: Not to be outdone by Wade, former first-round pick James Johnson was equally as good. In addition to being tasked with guarding Ben Simmons, Johnson finished with 18 points on a perfect 7-for-7 shooting night, sive rebounds, five assists and three steals. He's made all four 3-point attempts in the series, and the Sixers haven't had much of an answer for him as they focus their attention on players like Goran Dragic, Josh Richardson and now Wade. He could become the series' X-factor.

Nikola Mirotic, Pelicans: We're a few days late on this one, but Mirotic continued his red-hot April with a solid showing in Game 1 against the Blazers. He double-doubled with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and also added four blocked shots in the road win. Mirotic hadn't blocked four shots in a game since late February, and the double-double was his fourth in his last five games. He's peaked at the exact right time for New Orleans.

Rajon Rondo, Pelicans: Playoff Rondo! Bulls fans remember this version of last year's starting point guard, as he went off for 17 assists and just two turnovers in New Orleans' Game 1 win. He added six points and eight rebounds, but the dimes were the key. He also helped limit Damian Lillard to 18 points on 23 shots. We'd say this is surprising, but after what he did to the Celtics in Boston last year we're really not shocked. The four-headed monster of Davis/Holiday/Mirotic/Rondo could really make noise in the playoffs.

Derrick Rose, Timberwolves: The TimberBulls needed a spark in Game 1 against the Rockets and got it in Rose, who scored 16 points off the bench and added four assists in 24 minutes. His defense on James Harden - and the Rockets as a whole - left plenty to be desired, but it was an inspired performance for Rose, who is back in the postseason.

Jimmy Butler, Timberwolves: He's clearly not 100 percent, as Butler's 13-point performance showed in Game 1. The Timberwolves really don't have much shot at knocking off the top-seeded Rockets, and that's if they were entirely healthy. Butler isn't, but he'll still have an impact on this series at some point.

Marco Belinelli, Sixers: Famous in Bulls postseason history for his, erm, Big Marbles dance in Game 7 against the Nets, Belinelli is showing the postseason gene again with the Sixers. He scored 25 points on 9 of 17 shooting in a Game 1 win over Miami and was solid in the Game 2 loss, scoring 16 points. He's proven to be a critical piece on the second unit for a Sixers offense that can't stop scoring.

E'Twaun Moore, Pelicans: He's been great all year for the Pelicans, but Moore was quiet in Game 1, scoring four points in 27 minutes.

Pau Gasol, Spurs: Gasol really has no value in this series against the Warriors. In two losses he's totalled 18 points and six rebounds in 36 minutes.

Tony Snell, Bucks: The Snelly Cat was nowhere to be found in Game 1 against the Celtics, as he scored two points and grabbed three rebounds in 33 minutes. Clearly they need him to be better moving forward.

Taj Gibson, Timberwolves: Tom Thibodeau is going to rely on Gibson for big minutes. He scored nine points and hauled in six rebounds in 32 minutes in a Game 1 loss.

Kyle Kover, Cavaliers: Expect bigger things from the former Bench Mob member, who played just four minutes and missed all three shots in a Game 1 loss.

Jamal Crawford, Timberwolves: Death, taxes, Jamal Crawford getting buckets. Crawford scored 15 points off the bench in 26 minutes for the Timberwolves in Game 1. Yes, you millenials reading this: Jamal Crawford played for the Bulls from 2000 to 2004. Fred Hoiberg was his teammate.

We won't consider any "Bulls" who were drafted by the team but never played any minutes. So, no Jordan Bell, Jose Calderon, J.R. Smith, LaMarcus Aldridge. Also, we're leaving out Aaron Brooks because he doesn't play. Sorry, Aaron.

NBA world explodes (and makes wise-cracks) as LeBron, Cavs go trade crazy


NBA world explodes (and makes wise-cracks) as LeBron, Cavs go trade crazy

There may not be another league in the world in any sport that has so much drama without teams getting near a court as the NBA.

The final hours leading up to Thursday's trade deadline were proof. After the Bulls kicked things off with a whisper in the wind by dealing Jameer Nelson, who never played for the Bulls, for Willie Reed and a swap of second-round picks in 2022 (yes, 2022), Cleveland took over and ran things.

The Cavs dealt away Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert, Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade and landed Rodney Hood, George Hill, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. While the Rose and Wade deals will resonate more with Bulls fans, there was plenty of snark to go around about all of the moves. Here's a collection of some of the best jokes about Cleveland's busy day.

Some people had the perspective to think of the few remaining Cavs that aren't LeBron.

And possibly the most savage of the bunch: