Throwback Chicago Bulls Jerseys
The Chicago Bulls' first jersey was introduced in 1966 with the start of the franchise. The white home jerseys had red lettering and trim with "BULLS" on the front, and were very similar to the jerseys worn by the team today.
The original away uniforms featured black drop shadows, side stripes of white with black borders, and white lettering. 1969–70 saw the introduction of the city name "Chicago" on the away uniforms.
The Bulls made the playoffs in six out of the seven seasons they wore this jersey, led by hall of fame player Chet Walker and all-star Bob Boozer.
During the late 1960's, the franchise struggled a great deal, although it occasionally put together strong teams, such as the tough mid-1970's teams led by Bob Love, Norm Van Lier, Jerry Sloan, and Nate Thurmond. In the mid-1980s, everything changed when the team drafted Michael Jordan out of North Carolina, the most dominant player of his time and perhaps the greatest player in NBA history.
The team created one of the most iconic jerseys of all time in '73 when they completely revamped their look. In a beautiful script font representing the city of Chicago on the front of the jersey, a young Michael Jordan transformed the NBA forever as he averaged more than 28 points per game en route to being named Rookie of the Year.
Jordan went on to win seven consecutive scoring titles with an incredible combination of slam dunks and amazing athleticism. The legendary basketball player put up some of the league's highest numbers throughout his career.
Chicago updated their uniforms again in 1985. Both the red and white uniforms featured arched "Bulls" lettering and centered uniform numbers. Some adjustments have been made to this uniform along the way, mainly to the players' names.
Another Hall of Famer, Scottie Pippen, joined the team in 1987, setting the stage for one of the greatest dynasties in history.
These classic jerseys were reminiscent of the franchise's debut design style and became the backdrop for the MJ and Scottie era, a time when the Bulls were unrivaled. The legendary tandem led the team to six championships and two 3-peats in eight years, an achievement unmatched since the era of the Bill Russell Celtics.
For the 1995–96 season, the Bulls introduced an alternate black uniform. Initially, the shorts lacked the classic diamond, and the look featured red pinstripes. The Bulls began wearing slightly modified black uniforms without pinstripes for the 1997–98 season.
After his father's passing in 1993, Michael Jordan announced his retirement. More than a year after retiring to play baseball, Jordan returned to lead the Bulls to help them win another title in 1996. They won two more in 1997 and 1998 for the Bulls' second three-peat of the decade.
During the summer of 1998, the era of Miichael Jordan and the Bulls came to an end. GM Jerry Krause believed that a rebuilding effort was necessary or the Bulls would gradually decline. Despite trading the older talent and acquiring a new coach, Kruse was unable to find success as in years past.