About a week and a half ago I wrote a piece about ESPN having a fan vote for the Alltime starting 5 for all the NBA teams.
I made my picks and let you know how the public was voting. Well the public voted held up and then the fans voted in a bracket to see who was the best.
Bulls starting 5 was: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Artis Gilmore, Dennis Rodman and Norm Van Lier
First round the Bulls faced off against the Washington Wizards and destroyed them 96.1% to 3.9%. The Wiz lined up Gilbert Arenas, Earl Monroe, Bernard King, Waly Bellamy and Elvin Hayes.
In the second round they faced off against the Orlando Magic without current superstar Dwight Howard. Bulls won handily 85.2 % to 14.8 %. Orlando had a lineup of Shaq, Grant Hill, Tracy McGrady, Penny Hardaway and Rashard Lewis. It's interesting four of these players are still active.
In the third round the Bulls faced off against the historic power house Boston Celtics. Chicago barely pulled out the victory 50.8 to 49.2. I honestly don't know if I had a chance to vote if I would have picked the Bulls since Boston threw a lineup of Bird, McHale, Russell, Cousy and Havilcek. My feeling is that the Bulls won because the younger generation saw Jordan, Pippen and Rodman play while Bird and McHale have been retired for close to 20 years.
In the Eastern Conference Finals the Michael Jordan and the Bulls faced off against Dr. J and the 76ers. Chicago again just barely pulled it out 50.8 to 49.2. The 76ers had Dr. J, Wilt Chamberlain, Allen Iverson, Maurice Cheeks and Charles Barkley who was on three different teams in this bracket (76ers, Suns and Rockets). I had no problem picking Bulls here. It would of been fun if Barkley had faced off against Barkley at some point in this but if never happened with both Suns and Rockets losing one round before they would have faced off.
In the finals against the Lakers the Bulls are currently trailing 52.2 to 47.8. Lakers had Magic, Kobe, Gasol, Elgin Baylor and Kareem. Again just like the Celtics it is hard to go against the players and history the Lakers can throw out there but again shows the power of Jordan carrying them all the way to the finals.