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While at a local Barnes & Noble, I was glancing over the list of what Roland Lazenby considers the 'Greatest NBA Teams of All-Time.' Being a Chicago Bulls fan, I had to read about his depiction of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls; the only team to ever win 70 games in one season.
While casually reading the roster and reminiscing over my childhood glory days, I made a shocking discovery. The head coach of the record-breaking 1995-96 Chicago Bulls was coached by... Pat Riley?
Pat Riley?? Last I checked the coach was Phil Jackson...throughout all six Bulls championships. Pat Riley was the former coach of the Lakers and was coaching the Knicks at the time. So much for editors.
I also noticed that the author lists the 1995-96 Bulls as the No. 2 greatest team of all-time. No. 1: the 1962-63 Boston Celtics.
While the '63 Celtic team is loaded with Hall of Famers,they only won 58 games that season. I can't pick them over a Bulls team that had to go up against a league at its peak during the 90s; a league chalk full of the best athletic talent the world had ever seen at the time. Sure, Bill Russell had to beat Wilt Chamberlain, but Jordan and his Bulls team had to go through a league full of guys like Malone, Stockton, Barkley, Ewing, Payton, Olajuwon, Robinson and O'Neal.
Hopefully this article serves some justice. This post goes out to the 1995-96 70-win Chicago Bulls team coached by Phil Jackson -- you'll always be No. 1 in my book.