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The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

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1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers vs. 1995-96 Chicago Bulls

In favor of the Bulls:

Bulls Bio:

Jordan & Harper have a quickness advantage in the backcourt which they can use to beat Jerry West & Gail Goodrich off the dribble.  Pippen also has a quickness advantage at small forward vs Mcmillain.  If Rodman & Longley can get rebounds they should be able to generate some fast break opportunities.

In favor of the Lakers

Lakers Bio:

Jerry West(25.8ppg, 9.7apg) & Gail Goodrich(25.9ppg) actually have the scoring edge over Jordan & Harper in the backcourt.  Wilt is still an incredible advantage in the paint(14.8ppg, 19.1rpg, 4.0apg) with Jim Mcmillan adding scoring punch (18.8ppg 6.5rpg) & "Happy" Harold Hairston(13.1ppg, 13.0rpg) as Wilt's sidekick make the Lakers very tough on the boards, not even the famed twin towers of Sampson/Olajuwon or Robinson/Duncan were able to grab as many rebounds as the Chaimberlain/Hairston duo did in the 1971-72 season.

SYNOPSIS

This match up poses all kinds of problems for the Bulls.  Mr. Clutch Jerry West & Gail Goodrich pose a problem since they force Jordan & Harper to guard them the entire game: Leaving Wilt to either go one-on-one against Longley (can you say MISMATCH!) or feed the ball to Mcmillan when he gets double teamed by Pippen.  Dennis Rodman may be in nowhere land: he not only is faced with the greatest rebounder of all time in Wilt, but Wilt also has a sidekick in Harold "Happy" Hairston who also knows how to grab rebounds, this duo can help the Lakers force the faster tempo that they are accustomed to.  If Rodman double teams Wilt he will find Hairston under the Basket.  After all Wilt is the only center to win the assist title (by the way, something Jordan couldn't do as a guard).   No wonder these Lakers won 33 games in a row at one point, and they did not have the benefit of playing expansion teams when they did it.    

1967 Sixers 1971 Bucks
1983 Sixers
1986 Celtics
1987 Lakers

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