The Chicago Bulls may be in a severe and uncomfortable lull at the moment, but that doesn’t mean Bulls fans can’t relish their history. Not twenty years ago, the Bulls behind Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson went on a valiant quest — the Quest for 70. Not only did they achieve 70 wins, they finished the 1995-96 season with two better than that.
Fast forward to the 2013 season and Metta World Peace, the artist formerly known as Ron Artest when he played for the Bulls and Pacers, thinks his current team can not only match the Bulls record, but top it. When speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Artest said with the additions of Steve nash and Dwight Howard in the offseason, the Lakers are unstoppable.
With Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, it’s definitely possible,” he said to the Los Angeles Times. “They’re great players.”
The 2013 Los Angeles Lakers actually might look a lot like the ’95-’96 Bulls team at a quick glance. The Bulls had a superstar Hall of Fame shooting guard in Michael Jordan who was surrounded by his sidekick small forward Scottie Pippen, defensive juggernaut center Dennis Rodman and efficient point guard Ron Harper.
Los Angeles has a superstar Hall of Fame shooting guard in Kobe Bryant who is surrounded by his sidekick power forward Pau Gasol, defensive monster Dwight Howard and efficient point guard Steve Nash.
Forget the Heat or Bulls comparisons that the arrival of LeBron James sparked a few years ago. I’d pay good money to see this Kobe Bryant led Lakers squad duke it out with the Jordan led Bulls team from 1995-96.