- 1996 NBA Finals
NBA Finals summary
year = 1996
runnerup_games = 2
champion_games = 4
June 5- June 16
television = NBC (U.S.)
Marv Albert, Matt Guokas, and Bill Walton
HOFers = Coaches:
Phil Jackson (2007)
referees_5 = Game 5:
referees_6 = Game 6:
ECF result = Bulls defeat Magic, 4-0
WCF result = Supersonics defeat Jazz, 4-3
The 1996 NBA Finals was the championship series of the
1995-96 NBA seasonof 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.
Chicago won the series 4 games to 2, a fitting conclusion after a record breaking 72-10 standing during the regular season.
Michael Jordanwas named Finals MVP.
In the playoffs, the Bulls lost only three games in four series, defeating
Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, head coach George Karland 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. Eventually, 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.
Michael Jordandecided 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 Bullsto 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.
In the offseason, the Bulls lost
B.J. Armstrongin the expansion draft, but Bulls general manager Jerry Krausepulled off a masterful deal by trading Will Perdueto the San Antonio Spursfor notorious rebounder Dennis Rodman, who had won the past four rebounding titles.
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 Kukoč, Bill Wenningtonand 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. Jerry Krausewon the executive of the year award, Phil Jacksonwon the coach of the year award, and Toni Kukoč 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 all made the all-defensive first team, the only time three players from the same team had done so.
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
revengeand sweep the Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals.
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."
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 defending champion Houston, sweeping them as well. However, their playoff troubles re-emerged after dropping two games to the
Utah Jazzto 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.
1996 NBA Finals Roster
1996 Chicago Bulls
Phil Jackson Michael Jordan Scottie Pippen Dennis Rodman Toni Kukoč Luc Longley Steve Kerr Ron Harper Bill Wennington Jack Haley Jud Buechler Dickey Simpkins James Edwards Jason Caffey Randy Brown John Salley
1996 Seattle Supersonics
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
eries scoring summary
The following scoring summary is written in a
line scoreformat, except that the quarter numbers are replaced by game numbers.
"Sunday, June 9, at the
First game at Seattle. Even though Seattle had the home-court advantage, they would still be blown out by 22 points.
"Sunday, June 16, at the
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 his own NBA Finals record.
*The Bulls became the third franchise to have at least four championships, leaving them behind the
Boston Celticswith 16 (at the time)and Los Angeles Lakerswith 11 (at the time).
*Jordan became the first player to win the Finals MVP four times. He also became the second player to sweep the MVP award in the All-Star Game, regular season, and NBA Finals, joining
Willis Reedduring the 1969-70 NBA season.
*The 1996 NBA Finals is the only Finals series to feature three
NBA Defensive Player of the Year Awardwinners - the Bulls' Dennis Rodman(1990, 1991) and Michael Jordan (1988), and Seattle's Gary Payton(the reigning 1996 Defensive Player of the Year).
**At least one of these players has been involved in every NBA Finals series that featured two current, future, or former NBA Defensive Players of the Year.
1988 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers( Michael Cooper) vs. Detroit Pistons(Dennis Rodman*)
1989 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers (Michael Cooper) vs. Detroit Pistons (Dennis Rodman*)
***1996 NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls (Dennis Rodman, Michael Jordan) vs. Seattle Supersonics (Gary Payton)
1997 NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls (Dennis Rodman, Michael Jordan) vs. Utah Jazz
1998 NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls (Dennis Rodman, Michael Jordan) vs. Utah Jazz
2004 NBA Finals: Detroit Pistons ( Ben Wallace) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (Gary Payton)
2006 NBA Finals: Miami Heat( Alonzo Mourning, Gary Payton) vs. Dallas Mavericks::: *Rodman had not yet won the award when he faced Cooper in these series.
**Gary Payton and Michael Jordan - who are the last two guards to have won the award - guarded each other throughout most of the series, marking the first time that two Defensive Players of the Year had guarded each other during a finals series. These two players also share the record for most NBA All-Defensive First Team selections, with 9.
*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 76ersand Detroit Pistonsin 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.
1996 NBA Playoffs
Notes & References
* [http://www.nba.com/history/finals/19951996.html NBA.com's History of 1996 NBA Finals]
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