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CHICAGO BULLS ROSTER (* PER = Player Efficiency Rating)
POS PLAYER HT YEAR AGE PTS REB AST PER*
G MICHAEL JORDAN 6-6 1991 27 31.5 6.0 5.5 31.6
Comment: Which MJ year to pick? We'll take '91, when the Bulls won their first title
G REGGIE THEUS 6-7 1983 25 23.8 3.7 5.9 19.2
Comment: All-Star in '83; could light it up and passing skills were underrated (6.3 apg in career), but don't expect first-rate D
G BEN GORDON 6-3 2006 23 16.9 2.7 3.0 14.6
Comment: Bulls haven't had a lot of great guards, but Gordon gives this team a long-range bomber with his 43.5% mark from the arc
G/F JERRY SLOAN 6-5 1969 26 16.8 7.9 3.5 14.9
Comment: Rugged defender and all-time hustle player, was All-Star and 1st-team all-D in '69
F/G CHET WALKER 6-6 1971 30 22.0 7.3 2.2 18.9
Comment: Seven-time All-Star went by the moniker "Chet the Jet"; great open-court player who knew how to get to the line
F SCOTTIE PIPPEN 6-7 1994 28 22.0 8.7 5.6 23.2
Comment: In '94, showed he didn't need MJ to be great player: 1st-team All-NBA; look for him to play some "point forward" on this squad
F BOB LOVE 6-8 1971 28 25.2 8.5 2.3 17.0
Comment: "Butterbean" was a fan favorite in early '70s; solid defender and 2nd-team All-NBA in '71
F DENNIS RODMAN 6-7 1996 34 5.5 14.9 2.5 13.6
Comment: Pistons had crowded roster so slides over to Bulls to provide some rebounding, defense and red hair
F/C HORACE GRANT 6-10 1992 26 14.2 10.0 2.7 20.6
Comment: Underrated performer on three Bulls title teams, he'll do all the dirty work needed
C ARTIS GILMORE 7-2 1981 27 18.9 9.5 1.8 25.2
Comment: 11-time All-Star between ABA/NBA; all-time great shot blocker and highest shooting percentage in NBA history (58.2%)

SCOUTING REPORT: Four keys for the Bulls against the Lakers: (1) Rebound, rebound, rebound: best way to stop L.A.'s fast break is to pound the boards; (2) Play Pippen in the backcourt -- Lakers have Kobe to match up with MJ or Pippen but have problems matching up with both; (3) Feed Gilmore -- he's one of the NBA's all-time best in shooting percentage; (4) When in doubt, don't get too cute: You have Jordan, after all.