The first pick of the 1984 draft went to the Houston Rockets. They selected future hall of fame center, Hakeem Olajuwon. The second pick belonged to the Portland Trail Blazers. With Clyde Drexler, a future hall of fame shooting guard already on the roster, the Blazers went with big man Sam Bowie. The center would appear in just 139 games in four seasons with the team. The Chicago Bulls were next and they drafted a shooting guard from the University of North Carolina by the name of Michael Jordan. The rest as they say is history.
Jordan would lead the Bulls to six NBA Championships and a NBA record 72 wins in the 1995-96 season. He would also win the NBA MVP award five times, the NBA Finals MVP award six times, be named to 10 All-NBA First Teams, win 10 scoring titles, and be selected to 14 NBA All-Star games. Jordan not only changed the game of basketball, he also became one of the most famous athletes in the world, and one of greatest sports figures in American history. Furthermore, Jordan exploits turned his name into a cliché. The phrase "(person's name) is the Michael Jordan of (activity)" is now part of the American lexicon.
The Chicago Bulls are aligned in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference. They were founded in 1966 and in their first season posted the all-time best record for an NBA expansion team. The team's main rivals are the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons. Some of the all-time great Bulls players include Scottie Pippen, Bob Love, and Jerry Sloan. The Bulls six championship teams were coached by hall of famer Phil Jackson. Prior to moving to their new venue, the team played nearly 40 seasons at venerated Chicago Stadium. Since 1994, Bulls tickets have been sold for the United Center. Outside of the United Center, on the east side of the arena, is a statue of Michael Jordan.