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5 Strange But True Facts About Chicago Bulls

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5 Strange But True Facts About The Chicago Bulls

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Here are five strange facts about the Chicago Bulls that you may or may not have known.

5. The video game “NBA Jam” was rigged against the Bulls

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5. The video game “NBA Jam” was rigged against the Bulls

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Video game designer Mark Turmell recently said in an interview that Midway's 1993 classic “NBA Jam” was rigged against the Bulls. Turmell told ESPN The Magazine that there was a special code in the game that made the Bulls miss shots at the end of close games. Turmell was a Detroit Pistons fan.

4. Kirk Hinrich's time capsule prediction

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4. Kirk Hinrich's time capsule prediction

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In 1995, a then high-school freshman named Kirk Hinrich was given an assignment to write a letter to himself that is not to be opened for 10 years. When the letter was finally opened in 2005, Hinrich wrote that he wanted to be a starting guard on the Chicago Bulls. Prophecy fulfilled.

3. Bulls Broadcasters Johnny Kerr and Norm Van Lier die on the same day

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3. Bulls Broadcasters Johnny Kerr and Norm Van Lier die on the same day

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Still fresh in the minds of Bulls fans everywhere are the deaths of Johnny Kerr and Norm Van Lier. Kerr, the first head coach of the Bulls, provided color commentary to Chicago from 1975-2008. Former Bulls player Van Lier served as television color analyst from 1992-2009. Both men passed away on Feb 26, 2009.

2. Bulls lose a coin flip for Magic Johnson

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2. Bulls lose a coin flip for Magic Johnson

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In 1979, the Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers were tied for the worst record in the NBA. A coin flip was used to settle who received the first pick that year. Then-Bulls GM Rod Thorn calls tails. The coin landed heads. The Lakers would go on to select Magic Johnson while the Bulls selected David Greenwood at No. 2.

1. Carl Lewis drafted by the Bulls

1984 Olympic Games. Los Angeles. Men's 200 Metres Final. USA's Carl Lewis celebrates as he wins the gold medal.
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1. Carl Lewis drafted by the Bulls

1984 Olympic Games. Los Angeles. Men's 200 Metres Final. USA's Carl Lewis celebrates as he wins the gold medal.
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For the Bulls, the 1984 draft is best remembered as the year they selected Michael Jordan third overall. What is forgotten, however, is that the Bulls also drafted track star Carl Lewis in the 10th round that very same year. For the record, Lewis never played a game for the Bulls.