With much thanks due to Michael Jordan, the Chicago Bulls are one of the most popular franchises in the National Basketball Association. The team was founded in 1966 and has played in the NBA ever since, winning six NBA Championships, all of which were helped in large part by Jordan and company. In fact, the team has never reached the NBA Finals and not won the title. The Bulls have won nine divisional titles and currently have four numbers hanging from the rafters at the United Center.
Before the Jordan era, the Bulls had found extensive success and reached the postseason in most seasons of their history, but never reached the championship. The team has found great success throughout their existence and it is because of the stars that led the way for them including those who have had their numbers retired (Jordan, Jerry Sloan, Bob Love and Scottie Pippen) and other stars like Dennis Rodman, Artis Gilmore and Derrick Rose.
When you talk about the Bulls and their history, you need to talk about Jordan and what he did throughout his Hall of Fame career. He came into the league during the 1984-85 season and immediately won the NBA Rookie of the Year. Jordan would go on to win the NBA MVP award in his fourth season and finish his career with five NBA MVP awards, six NBA Finals MVP awards, 14 All-Star selections, one Defensive Player of the Year award and 10 NBA scoring championships.
The Bulls play their home games at the United Center, or as it was called in the 1990s, the House that Jordan Built. The arena was opened in 1994 and had some minor renovations made in 2009-10. The cost of construction in the 1990s was $175 million, which equates to $271 million in 2013 money. The arena can seat nearly 21,000 crazed Chicago fans and is also home of the Chicago Blackhawks.