A Not So Bullish Home Court

This Week in Bulls History 1/26-2/1

VHS cover of "Come Fly With Me" 1989

“Come Fly With Me” 1989

January 26, 1989 – Come Fly With Me, the documentary that chronicled Michael Jordan’s career from high school until 1989 was released.

(Full movie)

January 26, 1990 – Michael Jordan scored 31 points in a 120-109 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, passing Bob Love to become the Bulls all-time leading scorer in only his 6th season.

January 30, 1990 – Scottie Pippen was selected by the coaches to appear in his 1st NBA All-Star game. At the time, Pippen was 2nd in scoring (17 ppg), rebounds, and assists while leading the team in blocks. Pippen was the 10th Chicago Bull to represent the team at the all-star game, and it was the first time 2 Bulls players had been selected since Artis Gilmore and Reggie Theus in the 1980-81 season. For Pippen, an important career goal had been accomplished and for the organization, as GM Jerry Krause said, “this should finally quiet those people who say the Bulls are a one-man team.”

1990 Eastern Conference All-Stars

1990 Eastern Conference All-Stars

February 1, 1994 – Horace Grant was selected to appear in his first All-Star game. Going into the All-Star break he was averaging career highs in points (14.8) and rebounds (11.7), while shooting 53%. The 1994 All-Star trio of B.J. Armstrong, Scottie Pippen, and Horace Grant was the first time 3 Bulls players were selected to the All-Star game since Chet Walker, Bob Love, and Norm Van Lier in 1973. Scottie Pippen went on to win MVP in the game and B.J. Armstrong participated in the 3-point contest.

“I guess I’m going to have to get my scoring mentality ready. I’ll leave my hard hat at home and do a little scoring.” -Horace Grant

January 26, 1995 – Scottie Pippen was suspended 1 game and fined $7,000 for throwing a chair onto the United Center floor after referee Joey Crawford ejected him in the first half of the January 24th overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Rodd Thorn, the NBA’s VP of operations, announced the penalty before the Bulls’ game against the Orlando Magic, the same day Pippen was voted a starter in the All-Star game. The incident was representative of a frustrating season in which the Bulls struggled to stay above .500.

Janurary 30, 1996 - Scottie Pippen led the Bulls with 28 points and 12 rebounds in a win over the Houston Rockets to finish January 14-0, the first undefeated month in franchise history. The 98-87 win also put the Bulls’ record at 39-3, tying the 1971-72 Lakers for the best start in NBA history.

February 1, 1996 – With the 105-85 win over the Sacramento Kings the Bulls improved their record to 40-3, the best start in NBA history. This bettered the 39-3 start by the 1971-72 Lakers who went on to win 69 games. The victory was also Chicago’s 17th straight win (a franchise record) and 8th consecutive road victory which also tied a team record.

January 26, 1997 – Michael Jordan became the first player to ever recieve over 2 million votes when the fans sent him to the All-Star game for the 11th time. His record 2,451,136 votes remained until 1995 when Yao Ming received 2,558,578 votes.

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