The Chicago Bulls are one of the most successful and recognizable basketball teams of all time. However, despite the fact that the Bulls have spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about the Chicago Bulls. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: The Chicago Bulls Are the NBA’s Third-Most Valuable Franchise
According to Forbes, in 2015, the Bulls were worth a whopping $2 billion. This would make them 2015’s third-most valuable NBA franchise.
Number Fourteen: They Almost Had Magic Johnson
The Bulls flipped a coin for the first pick in the 1979 NBA draft and lost. They ended up going with David Greenwood, but if they had won they would have had Magic Johnson. Imagine how different things could have been!
Number Thirteen: Their Mascot Is Named After Their First PR Manager
This one is a bit strange but true nonetheless. Benny the Bull was named after Ben Bentley. Bentley was both the first PR Manager for the Bulls as well as their Stadium Announcer.
Number Twelve: They’re Named After a Curse Word
Nope, the Bulls aren’t actually named after the cow. The team’s original owner, Dick Klein, wanted to name the team after the meatpacking industry that was booming in Chicago, but he couldn’t come up with one that was catchy enough. Klein’s son grew tired of the deliberation and said, “Dad, that is a bunch of bull,” and a name was born.
Number Eleven: They’re the Only NBA Franchise to Keep Their Logo
It’s true! The Bulls have never changed their logo in the team’s history.
Number Ten: They’re Also the Only NBA Team to Make the Playoffs in Their First Year
Color us impressed, because here’s another first for the Bulls. They were the very first and only NBA team to make the playoffs in their first year as a team.
Number Nine: They Weren’t Chicago’s First Professional Basketball Team
Though the Bulls are much more popular, Chicago’s very first professional basketball team were the Chicago Stags, who lasted from 1946 to 1950. Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about the Chicago Bulls, coming soon!