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Encyclopedia > 1996 NBA Finals
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The 1996 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 1995-96 NBA season of the National Basketball Association. The Seattle SuperSonics (64-18) of the Western Conference took on the Chicago Bulls (72-10) of the Eastern Conference, with the Bulls holding home court advantage. The series was played under a best-of-seven format. Image File history File links 1996NBAFinalsLogo. ... Image File history File links 1996NBAFinalsLogo. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Logo of the NBA Finals The NBA Finals (previously the NBA World Championship Series) is the championship series of the National Basketball Association, played under a best-of-seven playoff format. ... The 1995-96 NBA season was the 50th season of the National Basketball Association, although the league didnt celebrate this anniversary until the following season. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... There are several different playoff formats used in various levels of competition in sports and games. ...


Chicago won the series 4 games to 2, a fitting conclusion after a record breaking 72-10 standing during the regular season. Michael Jordan was named Finals MVP. For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ...

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Background

In the playoffs, the Bulls lost only three games in four series, defeating Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, head coach George Karl and their Seattle SuperSonics in the NBA Finals to win the World Championship. The Bulls shot out to a 3-0 lead, but the Sonics rallied back to win the next two at home. But the more experienced Bulls proved to be too much as the Bulls captured their fourth title (after a two year hiatus). For his performance in the series against Seattle, Michael Jordan was named the Finals MVP.


Chicago Bulls

Michael Jordan decided to return to basketball in 1995, after a short stint as a baseball player. Although he failed to lead the Bulls to the Finals in that year, he returned to pre-retirement form the next year and led the Chicago Bulls to one of the most memorable seasons ever. Freshly motivated by the playoff defeat against the Orlando Magic, trained aggressively in preparation for the 1995-96 season. For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1995 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1994-95 NBA season. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


In the offseason, the Bulls lost B.J. Armstrong in the expansion draft, but Bulls general manager Jerry Krause pulled off a masterful deal by trading Will Perdue to the San Antonio Spurs for awesome rebounder Dennis Rodman, who had won the past four rebounding titles. Benjamin Roy Armstrong, Jr. ... Jerry Krause was a longtime professional basketball scout and General Manager for, among other franchises, the Baltimore Bullets and, most notably, the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association. ... Will Perdue is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. Following a college career at Vanderbilt University, he was selected by the Chicago Bulls, 11th overall in the 1988 NBA Draft. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961, in Trenton, New Jersey) is an American former professional basketball player best known for his defensive and rebounding ability, leading the National Basketball Association in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and earning NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven...


That year, strengthened by the addition of Dennis Rodman, the Bulls dominated the league. With a lineup of Ron Harper, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Luc Longley, and perhaps the league's best bench in Steve Kerr, Toni Kuko─Ź, Bill Wennington and guard Randy Brown, the Bulls posted one of the best single-season improvements in league history and the best single-season record. They moved from 47-35 to 72-10, which remains the best record in the league for an 82-game season. Jordan won his eighth scoring title, and Rodman his fifth straight rebounding title, while Kerr led the league in three-point shooting. Michael Jordan won the league's regular season and All-Star Game MVP awards. Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961, in Trenton, New Jersey) is an American former professional basketball player best known for his defensive and rebounding ability, leading the National Basketball Association in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and earning NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven... Ronald Harper (born January 20, 1964 in Dayton, Ohio) is a former professional basketball player whose career spanned from 1986 to 2001 with four teams in the National Basketball Association. ... Scottie Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas) is a former American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is most remembered for leading the Chicago Bulls together with Michael Jordan to six championships and being one of the best all-around players... Lucien James Luc Longley (born January 19, 1969 in Melbourne, Australia) is a former professional basketball player, and also the first Australian to play in the NBA. He attended college at the University of New Mexico. ... Steve Kerr shoots the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1997 NBA Finals for the Chicago Bulls. ... Toni Kukoč (born September 18, 1968 in Split) is a renowned Croatian basketball player. ... William (Bill) Percey Wennington (born December 26, 1963 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian former National Basketball Association center who won three NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls: the 1996, 1997 and 1998 teams. ... Randy Brown (born May 22, 1968, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American former professional basketball player. ... The NBA staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ...


Jerry Krause won the executive of the year award, Phil Jackson won the coach of the year award, and Toni Kukoc was the sixth man of the year. Both Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan made the all-NBA first team, and Jordan, Pippen, and Dennis Rodman made the all-defensive first team. Jerry Krause was a longtime professional basketball scout and General Manager for, among other franchises, the Baltimore Bullets and, most notably, the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association. ... Philip Douglas Phil Jackson (born September 17, 1945 in Deer Lodge, Montana) is the current coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, an American professional basketball team. ...


The Chicago Bulls had no problems during the playoffs. After demolishing Miami by over 15 points per game in the first round, they would go 4-1 against the Knicks in the semifinals to get revenge and sweep the Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Guðrún agitates her sons, Hamðir and Sörli, to avenge their sister. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Seattle SuperSonics

The Seattle SuperSonics were a talented, yet fragile bunch. In the 1994 playoffs, the first seeded Seattle (63-19) lost 3 games to 2 to the eighth seeded Nuggets (42-40). Seattle would once again be upset in the 1995 playoffs against the L.A. Lakers. After two first round defeats, Seattle would make a major come back in the 1996 season that would give them the name Sonic Boom. The 1994 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1993-1994 season. ... For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... The 1995 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1994-1995 season. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are an NBA basketball team based in Los Angeles, California. ...


Led by Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp, the SuperSonics went 64-18, leading the Western Conference, and setting the record for highest single-season win total in Supersonics history. Seattle blew through Sacramento in the first round; 3 games to 1. It also had no problems with Houston, sweeping them as well. However, their playoff troubles re-emerged after dropping two games to the Utah Jazz to bring the series to 3-3. However, Seattle took game 7 and won what was one of the most exciting series of the 1996 playoffs. Seattle would finally go to its first NBA Final game since 1979. The Sacramento Kings are a professional basketball team which is based in Sacramento, California. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Utah Jazz are a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... Logo of the NBA Finals The NBA Finals (previously the NBA World Championship Series) is the championship series of the National Basketball Association, played under a best-of-seven playoff format. ...


1996 NBA Finals Roster

1996 Chicago Bulls

Head Coach:Phil Jackson
Michael Jordan | Scottie Pippen | Dennis Rodman | Toni Kukoc | Luc Longley | Steve Kerr | Ron Harper | Bill Wennington | Jack Haley | Jud Buechler | Dickey Simpkins | James Edwards | Jason Caffey | Randy Brown | John Salley | Philip Douglas Phil Jackson (born September 17, 1945 in Deer Lodge, Montana) is the current coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, an American professional basketball team. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... Scottie Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas) is a former American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is most remembered for leading the Chicago Bulls together with Michael Jordan to six championships and being one of the best all-around players... Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961, in Trenton, New Jersey) is an American former professional basketball player best known for his defensive and rebounding ability, leading the National Basketball Association in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and earning NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven... Toni Kukoč (born September 18, 1968 in Split, Croatia) is a renowned basketball player. ... Lucien James Luc Longley (born January 19, 1969 in Melbourne, Australia) is a former professional basketball player, and also the first Australian to play in the NBA. He attended college at the University of New Mexico. ... Steve Kerr shoots the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1997 NBA Finals for the Chicago Bulls. ... Ronald Harper (born January 20, 1964 in Dayton, Ohio) is a former professional basketball player whose career spanned from 1986 to 2001 with four teams in the National Basketball Association. ... William (Bill) Percey Wennington (born December 26, 1963 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian former National Basketball Association center who won three NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls: the 1996, 1997 and 1998 teams. ... Jack Haley August 10, 1898-June 6, 1979, was an American film actor best known for his portrayal of The Tin Man (and farmworker Hickory) in The Wizard of Oz, which role he got only because actor Buddy Ebsen had a near-fatal reaction from ingesting the aluminum dust makeup... Judson Donald Buechler (born June 19, 1968 in San Diego, California) is a former professional basketball player. ... LuBara Dixon Dickey Simpkins (born April 6, 1972 in Fort Washington, Maryland) is an American professional basketball player best known for his tenure with the Chicago Bulls in the late 1990s. ... James Edwards can refer to: James B. Edwards, an American politician James Buddha Edwards, a former professional basketball player This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... Jason Andre Caffey (born June 12, 1973 in Mobile, Alabama) is a former professional basketball player who won two championship rings with the Chicago Bulls in the late 1990s. ... Randy Brown (born May 22, 1968, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American former professional basketball player. ... John Thomas Spider Salley (born May 16, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American former professional basketball player in the NBA, actor and talk show host. ...


1996 Seattle Supersonics

Head Coach:George Karl
Gary Payton | Shawn Kemp | Detlef Schrempf | Hersey Hawkins | Sam Perkins | Vincent Askew | Ervin Johnson | Frank Brickowski | Nate McMillan | David Wingate | Sherell Ford | Eric Snow | Steve Scheffler | George Matthew Karl (born May 12, 1951 in Penn Hills, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) and American Basketball Association (ABA) player and current head coach of the Denver Nuggets. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Shawn T. Kemp (born November 26, 1969, in Elkhart, Indiana) is an American former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Detlef Schrempf Detlef Schrempf (born January 21, 1963 in Leverkusen, West Germany, now Germany) had a 16-year career as an NBA basketball player. ... Hersey R. Hawkins, Jr. ... Sam Perkins scores against the Houston Rockets. ... Vincent Jerome Askew (born February 28, 1966, in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2nd round (39th overall) of the 1987 NBA Draft. ... Ervin Johnson (born December 21, 1967 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an NBA basketball player, currently a free agent, most recently played for, and captained, the Milwaukee Bucks. ... Francis Anthony (Frank) Brickowski (born August 14, 1959 in Bayville, New York) is an American former professional basketball player in the NBA. Brickowski, a 610 power forward/center from Pennsylvania State University, was selected with the 11th pick of the third round of the 1981 NBA Draft by the... Nathaniel Nate McMillan (born August 3, 1964 in Raleigh, North Carolina) is a former professional basketball player and current head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. ... David Wingate (born December 15, 1963 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. The shooting guard/small forward had a 15 year career spanning from 1987 to 2001. ... Sherell Ford (born August 26, 1972, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1st round (26th overall) of the 1995 NBA Draft. ... Eric Snow (born 24 April 1973 in Canton, Ohio) is an American professional basketball player currently with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. ... Steve Scheffler (born September 3, 1967 in Grand Rapids, Michigan), is former American professional basketball player who was selected by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2nd round (39th overall) of the 1990 NBA Draft. ...


Series scoring summary

The following scoring summary is written in a line score format, except that the quarter numbers are replaced by game numbers. In baseball, the totality of a game is summarized in a line score, or more verbosely in a box score. ...

Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Wins
Seattle (West) 90 88 86 107 89 75 2
Chicago (East) 107 92 108 86 78 87 4

Schedule

  • Game 1 - June 5, Wednesday @ Chicago, Chicago 107, Seattle 90: Chicago leads series 1-0
  • Game 2 - June 7, Friday @ Chicago, Chicago 92, Seattle 88: Chicago leads series 2-0
  • Game 3 - June 9, Sunday @ Seattle, Chicago 108, Seattle: 86: Chicago leads series 3-0
  • Game 4 - June 12, Wednesday @ Seattle, Seattle 107, Chicago 86: Chicago leads series 3-1
  • Game 5 - June 14, Friday @ Seattle, Seattle 89, Chicago 78: Chicago leads series 3-2
  • Game 6 - June 16, Sunday @ Chicago, Chicago 87, Seattle 75: Chicago wins series 4-2

The Finals were played using a 2-3-2 site format, where the first two and last two games are held at the team with home court advantage's (Chicago's) home court (United Center). June 5 is the 156th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (157th in leap years), with 209 days remaining. ... June 7 is the 158th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (159th in leap years), with 207 days remaining. ... June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... June 12 is the 163rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (164th in leap years), with 202 days remaining. ... June 14 is the 165th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (166th in leap years), with 200 days remaining. ... June 16 is the 167th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (168th in leap years), with 198 days remaining. ... The United Center is an indoor sports arena located in the Near West Side community area of Chicago, Illinois, named after its corporate sponsor, United Airlines. ...


Game 1

Wednesday, June 5, at the United Center The United Center is an indoor sports arena located in the Near West Side community area of Chicago, Illinois, named after its corporate sponsor, United Airlines. ...


Although Chicago was not playing well offensively, they were able to compensate with superb defense. Chicago was leading only by 2 at the end of the third quarter, however in the final quarter shots by Toni Kukoc and 2 key steals by Ron Harper clinched the Bulls a win. Toni Kukoč (born September 18, 1968 in Split, Croatia) is a renowned basketball player. ... Ronald Harper (born January 20, 1964 in Dayton, Ohio) is a former professional basketball player whose career spanned from 1986 to 2001 with four teams in the National Basketball Association. ...

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Seattle 18 30 29 13 90
Chicago 24 29 26 28 107

Game 2

Friday, June 7, at the United Center The United Center is an indoor sports arena located in the Near West Side community area of Chicago, Illinois, named after its corporate sponsor, United Airlines. ...


Game two was fortunate for Seattle in the first quarter, with a 27-23 lead. However Seattle would once again lose the lead. Despite attempts at catching up by Gary Payton in the second quarter, Toni Kukoc clinched the Bulls' win in the third quarter, with a final score of 92 to 88. In the victory, Dennis Rodman tied a NBA Finals record with 11 offensive rebounds.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Seattle 27 18 20 23 88
Chicago 23 23 30 16 92

Game 3

Sunday, June 9, at the KeyArena KeyArena at Seattle Center is located north of downtown Seattle, USA on the grounds of Seattle Center (the site of 1962s Century 21 Exposition, a Worlds Fair). ...


First game at Seattle. Even though Seattle had the home-court advantage, they would still be blown out by 22 points.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Chicago 34 28 13 33 108
Seattle 16 22 23 25 86

Game 4

Wednesday, June 12, at the KeyArena KeyArena at Seattle Center is located north of downtown Seattle, USA on the grounds of Seattle Center (the site of 1962s Century 21 Exposition, a Worlds Fair). ...


Seattle did not want to suffer the ignominy of a 4 game sweep. Going into this game, the SuperSonics were looking to rebound from the deficit. They succeeded with a 107-86 win over the Chicago Bulls. The series would now go to five games.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Chicago 21 11 31 23 86
Seattle 25 28 31 23 107

Game 5

Friday, June 14, at the KeyArena KeyArena at Seattle Center is located north of downtown Seattle, USA on the grounds of Seattle Center (the site of 1962s Century 21 Exposition, a Worlds Fair). ...


Seattle would once again deny the Bulls the championship, stretching the series to six games. Payton had this to say: "We feel great. We knew we could play with this team. It just took too long. We should have come with this a little earlier." [1]

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Chicago 18 24 18 18 78
Seattle 18 25 19 27 89

Game 6

Sunday, June 16, at the United Center The United Center is an indoor sports arena located in the Near West Side community area of Chicago, Illinois, named after its corporate sponsor, United Airlines. ...


Chicago wins the series 4 games to 2 on Father's Day, three years after Jordan's own father James was murdered. The victory was partly due to the stellar performance of the Bulls power forward Dennis Rodman, who repeated his Game 2 performance of 11 offensive rebounds, tying an NBA Finals record. Fathers Day is a primarily secular holiday inaugurated in the early 20th century to complement Mothers Day in celebrating fatherhood and parenting by males, and to honor and commemorate fathers and forefathers. ... James Raymond Jordan, Sr. ... Power forward is a position in the sport of basketball. ... Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961, in Trenton, New Jersey) is an American former professional basketball player best known for his defensive and rebounding ability, leading the National Basketball Association in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and earning NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven...

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Seattle 18 20 20 17 75
Chicago 24 21 22 20 87
Preceded by
1995 NBA Finals
NBA Finals
1996
Succeeded by
1997 NBA Finals

NBA.com's History of 1996 NBA Finals The 1995 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1994-95 NBA season. ... Logo of the NBA Finals The NBA Finals (previously the NBA World Championship Series) is the championship series of the National Basketball Association, played under a best-of-seven playoff format. ... The 1997 NBA Finals was the concluding series of the 1997 NBA Playoffs that determined the champion of the 1996–97 NBA season. ...


Trivia

  • The Bulls became the third franchise to have at least four championships, leaving them behind the Boston Celtics with 16 and Los Angeles Lakers with 14.
  • Jordan became the first player to win the Finals MVP four times.
  • The 1991 Bulls' run through the Eastern Conference Playoffs was identical to the run of the '96 Bulls. The '91 team swept Round 1, won the semifinals series 4-1 and won the conference finals 4-0. And the only loss in both conference semis was in Game 3. The '91 Bulls beat the Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons in that order.
  • This was the first of Gary Payton's three NBA finals appearances with three different teams.
  • This Finals mark a brand new wordmark logo, and trophy logo on players uniforms.

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