An old adage ad campaign once said, "There's no wrong way to eat a Reese's."
True, devouring chocolate takes on many forms. The same does not hold for building a successful NBA franchise.
General managers have a few options. Among them: form a superteam by convincing the game's best players to take less money than they're worth (Miami); pair the game's best scorer with the most dominant big man of a generation (Lakers); play the tank game just right to earn the No. 1 draft pick despite being a good team, then hit the jackpot on little-known European players (San Antonio).
Then there's the Chicago Bulls' philosophy, which seems overly logical and simplistic but is rarely executed nowadays: find winners at the college level. Chicago's roster has seven NCAA championships combined.
And if they haven't made it to the mountaintop as a student-athlete, find the ones who've gotten the closest and proven they belong. The Bulls have two more championship game appearances.
It takes a certain level of professionalism and will power to succeed in Tom Thibodeau's grinder system. The two philosophies were made for each other, and the combination is bearing fruit—Chicago has been one of the NBA's best organizations over the last decade.
In honor of bracket season, and an ode to the GarPax way, here's a trip down memory lane, rehashing 25 of the Bulls players' biggest moments in the NCAA tournament, round by round.