Ranking the Chicago Bulls' 5 Most Despised Rivals This Season

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Ranking the Chicago Bulls' 5 Most Despised Rivals This Season
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Fierce rivalries have played a prominent role in the history of the Chicago Bulls’ franchise. Battles with teams such as the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics will go down as some of the NBA’s greatest matchups. They have featured some of the most infamous moments in NBA history.

Who can deny the bitterness between Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas? It began with the infamous NBA All-Star Game freeze-out in 1985. Afterwards, the passion that they played with fueled their teams. They fought hard and demanded the same fight and competitiveness out of their teammates.

That is how rivalries are born. It is rivalries like those that helped make the NBA what it is today. Although NBA feuds are not what they used to be according to TNT analyst and Hall of Famer Reggie Miller and others, they are a necessary part of the game.  

NBA fans are always able to recall their favorite rivalries. When television networks promote their big NBA matchups, they highlight the rivalries that fans crave. The matchup is always the team that you love versus the team that you love to hate. The fact that those two teams hate each other is icing on the cake.

Who are the Bulls' most despised rivals? What is the history behind the rivalries and are they still as prominent today, as they were when they began.

 

All win totals are up to date as of 11-24-2012

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