The Biggest 'What Ifs?' in Chicago Bulls History

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The Biggest 'What Ifs?' in Chicago Bulls History
Mark Elias/Associated Press

Do you ever think, “What if...?” when it comes to reflecting on your favorite sports teams? It’s a fun game, because with a few tweaks to history, you can greatly improve a franchise’s fortunes.

The Chicago Bulls legacy is full of such "what ifs."

An injury that didn’t happen here.  A player chooses not to retire there. A slightly different decision is made elsewhere, at another time. Just like that, you have another group of banners hanging from the rafters.

Of course, this is all just fun. Reinventing history is not something that you should do at home. If you’re not a trained professional, there is a danger of blowing your own mind.

In all seriousness, this should not be taken seriously. It is done for solely for the purposes of wishful thinking and reverie.  

It does show what a fine line NBA history treads, though. So much can change because of one incident. The butterfly effect is real.

Marching through time, we can rewrite Bulls history with a tweak here and nudge there. There is an admitted emphasis on their more recent history. There are two reasons for this: 

  1. The gap from 1976-84 was just horrible, apart from the play of Artis Gilmore. No mere "tweak" can change that.
  2. There isn't a lot of information available online to evaluate what little nuances could have shifted that part of their history.

With that disclaimer, these are the great “what ifs” in Chicago Bulls history, ranked chronologically.

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