We're going to do a little something different here today. I was scrolling on Twitter and found a tweet by a friend of mine named Joe Cowley, who is the Chicago Bulls beat writer for the Chicago Sun-Times. He shared his top four Bulls' players that would be on his Mount Rushmore.
I figured, why the hell not? I'll give that a whirl. Now, this doesn't have to be the best Bulls of all time. It can be a list of your favorite Bulls past or present. I encourage you all to do the same and share yours on Twitter with us: @BuzzOnTap and @BullsOnTap.
Yeah, this one was the easiest choice. I was born in 1991, so I was able to experience the last title and realize what was happening. A little background on me, I grew up in a single-father home with no air conditioner. But dammit, we had Bulls season tickets. I remember watching MJ play but didn't realize his brilliance until about 2001-02. Of course, I watched highlights, but I wasn't able to grasp it at the time it was happening.
Jordan brought fame, titles, and a packed house to the Chicago Bulls franchise year after year. He's been labeled the greatest of all time by many, including me. Jordan's long list of accomplishments will never be overshadowed. Six titles in six appearances in the NBA Finals is amazing. Did I mention the six NBA Finals MVP Awards too?
Jordan doesn't win without Scottie Pippen. I don't want to use the whole "Batman & Robin" cliche either. Pippen was an absolute stud. He's part of the NBA's 50 and 75 greatest players of all time for a reason.
Though Pippen had his troubles with the organization, he's still a legend here in Chicago for the championships he helped bring to the city. I'd argue that he could have won an MVP during MJ's retirement. Even so, he's immortalized forever in the Hall of Fame.
Joakim Noah didn't bring a championship to Chicago. But that wasn't due to a lack of effort. Noah became the heart and soul of the team the moment he was drafted in 2007. The Florida product was a tenacious rebounder and defender. You'd be hard-pressed to find instances where he wasn't putting it all on the line for his team. He brought an infectious energy to the court every single night.
Noah is a two-time NBA All-Star, three-time All-NBA Defensive selection, one-time All-NBA selection, and the 2013-14 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. After watching his career thoroughly, I couldn't feasibly put anyone else ahead of him on my personal Chicago Bulls' Mount Rushmore.
Believe it or not, this was tough for me. Not because Derrick Rose doesn't deserve to be on this list, but we never got to see him at his best. The three years of Rose before his ACL tear was must-watch television. A kid from Englewood drafted to his hometown team with the first pick in the 2008 NBA Draft is one hell of a story.
Rose helped the Bulls make the playoffs every season he suited up for the team besides 2015-16. He became the youngest MVP in NBA history and earned three NBA All-Star nods. Like many Bulls fans, I always wonder how things would have turned out if Rose didn't get injured. Though that happened, he undoubtedly made the Chicago Bulls a household name again when he was able to play.
Honorable Mention: Kirk Hinrich
If you know me personally, you'll understand why I had to add Kirk Hinrich. I remember watching the 2003 NBA Draft. LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh went in the top five. The Bulls held pick No. 7 that year. With that pick, they chose Hinrich out of Kansas.
Hinrich was everything that Bulls fans love. He brought that hardhat and lunchpail type of effort. To this day, Hinrich has made the most three-pointers in Chicago Bulls history. He gave an all-out effort on both ends of the court. I had to shout him out as I feel he is underappreciated.
The 2006-07 Bulls were one of my favorite teams and they were led by an awesome trio. Hinrich, Luol Deng, and Ben Gordon. If you have the opportunity, watch their playoff highlights against the defending champion Miami Heat in the first round. You won't be disappointed.
Did my list suck? Who's on yours? Let us know, and thanks for the read.