Over at Zoner Sports, I do a series called “When the Bulls Were Dominant“. Here at Pippen Ain’t Easy, we’ll look at some of the less-celebrated players that have passed through Chicago. Their stays may have been short. Maybe they were a big name that threw on a Bulls jersey in their twilight. Maybe they hardly made an impact at all. But they played here.
First up: Dennis Hopson. Have a quick listen as the Commish calls his name on draft day, and hear how is hair is described. When you’re done laughing, hit the jump to read the rest of the post.
Hopson never fulfilled his potential in New Jersey. The forever rebuilding Nets saw a chance to grab some picks from the Bulls and took it. In 1990, the Bulls traded 3 picks (a 1st and 2 2nds) to the Nets to get him. Those players turned out to be Tate George, Von McDade and a guy who would play for the Bulls about 15 years later: P.J. Brown.
Hopson won a ring here with Bulls in 90-91, playing in 61 games and averaging about 4 points and 12 minutes per game. He played in 2 games at the start of the 91-92 season and was shipped to Sacramento for Bobby Hansen and a 2nd round pick, which the Bulls used to select Corey Williams.
He finished the year in Sacramento and then that was it for the NBA. He went on to play in Israel and the Phillipines and retired from pro ball in 2000. Wikipedia says he coached in the ABA for a year and now is an assistant coach for Rollie Massimino at Northwood University in Florida.