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20th Anniversary Profile: B.J. Armstrong

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Armstrong may not be globally known, but he is well known in Chicago

There were so many instruments that went into the Chicago Bull’s first NBA Championship and in many circles outside of Bulls fans, a lot of them are over looked. Everyone knows MJ, everyone knows Pippen; but Batman and Robin don’t fight crime without gadgets. One of the more useful and helpful gadgets in winning the 1990-91 NBA title was B.J. Armstrong.

Armstrong played his college ball at the University of Iowa where he led a very memorable college career. Armstrong finished his stint with the Hawkeyes, and he graduated in 1989 with the schools highest rebound total ever with 517. He ranks fourth in that category as of 2010 as well as total points with 1,705. B.J. ranks 6th in all-time steals at Iowa with 178, and over his four-year run, he shot .443 from beyond the arch.

Chicago saw what Armstrong possessed and liked it. They liked it enough to select Armstrong with the 18th pick in the 1989 NBA Draft. Armstrong went on to win 3 NBA titles as a member of the Chicago Bulls and his career in the NBA was just as impressive, if not more impressive than his college one. Armstrong played 6 seasons in Chicago before he was selected number one overall in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft.

That right there is a snapshot of just how far Armstrong

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  • http://www.thebasketbulls.com Basketbulls

    Great post, I loved B.J. Armstrong and now as Rose’s agent he is helping in the the point guard department. Rose schooled the Celtics tonight

    • Josh Hill

      B.J. is a great part of Bulls history and he’s going to transcend great teams from the greatness of the 90′s to what the Bulls are becoming today. Appreciate all the comments you leave. Really keeps me going.

  • http://google HURT-46

    THE(KID)CALL BY JOHN THE BIG(RED)WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLAYER FROM IOWA COLLEGE TO THE WINDY CHI. HE MADE WATCHIN THE BULL ENJOYABLE, ALONG WITH MJ AND PIPPEN AND THE REST OF THE CAST. SO AS A FAN I’M HAPPY FOR B.J. ARMSTRONG. AND THANK FOR ALL THE GOOD B-BALL GAMES. BIG FAN