Jordan's Bulls: Where Are They Now?
Ever since retiring from the NBA once and for all, the consensus GOAT Michael Jordan has gone on to be the owner of the Charlotte Hornets. Jordan's tie to the Carolina area are plentiful; he grew up in North Carolina and attended UNC. His unrivalled success on the hardcourt has not followed in on the managerial side of the game, however. Since acquiring what was then known as the Bobcats in 2010, Jordan's Charlotte-based teams have only had three postseason appearances in the last decade, never eclipsing 50 wins and accumulating 7 losing seasons only to be squandered on terrible lottery picks. One of those losing seasons were the 2011-12 Bobcats, who won an NBA record-low 7 games.
Jordan's talent evaluation hasn't been impressive either. Ever since he bought the team, his lottery draft picks have included, Micheal Kidd-Gilchrest, Cody Zeller, Noah Vonleh, Frank Kaminsky, and Malik Monk. Only one player has gone on to be an All-Star - Kemba Walker - who Jordan lowballed in the free agency of 2019, leading to Walker leading the Buzz City to join the Boston Celtics.
Like many other retired greats, Scottie Pippen has gone on to be an NBA analyst for major networks like TNT, NBATV, or ESPN in his case. Pippen frequents ESPN's flagship Daily NBA show - The Jump, hosted by Rachel Nichols - as a panel analyst. He joins a crew of analysts filled with NBA retirees including Matt Barnes and Tracy McGrady, and respected reporters such as Zach Lowe and Jackie MacMullan.
Like many players from the 90s and 2000s, Pippen holds onto his old-school beliefs about how the game should be played, but it is important in times like these where people can become trapped in echo chambers of similar thought to listen to multiple perspectives, like the one Pippen brings onto the show.
During the Chicago Bulls second three-peat in the late 90s, Kerr was an elite bench shooter, shooting almost 50% from distance. He only played 22 minutes per game and didn't start. However, he was still in instrumental part to their success, knocking down a game-winning shot in game 6 of the 1997 Finals. He contributed to Jordan's lore too, infamously being the unfortunate recipient of a punch during a heated practice between the two. After his time in Chicago, Kerr continued to win, joining Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan, and the Spurs en route to two more titles.
Once his playing career was over, Kerr continued his winning ways. However, before he was the Warriors coach many know him as now, he was a broadcaster for NBA on TNT.
In 2014, the Golden State Warriors job opened up since the franchise was ready to move on from Mark Jackson, who wasn't utilizing the revolutionary talents of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson to their full capabilities. After considering the Knicks job, Kerr was able to change Golden State's offense using ball movement, cutting, off-ball screens, and lots of three pointers. In his first season as coach, the Warriors won the NBA Finals. They broke the record for wins in a season (beating Kerr's '96 Bulls), and Kerr was named Coach of the year.
Phil Jackson was promoted to head coach for the Bulls in 1990 after being an assistant coaching staff for years of playoff disappointments. In the first year, the Bulls once again lost in the Eastern Conference Finals, but that would be the end of the losing. He led Chicago to its first three-peat, and then two years later, another three-peat. Jackson installed the triangle offense, which completely unlocked all of Micheal Jordan. In 98', when the dynastic team was about to split up, Jordan revealed he was completely loyal to Phil over anyone else on the team.
Nevertheless, Jackson was let go due to the wishes of GM Jerry Krause, and a year later joined the LA Lakers to coach the second coming of Micheal Jordan: Kobe Bryant. Bryant mimicked his game around Jordan, and the fit was seamless. Kobe played the same role in the triangle offense as Jordan had, and the formidable duo, along with Shaquille O'
Neal accomplished another three-peat. Jackson and Bryant combined for two championships in 2009 and 2010.