2003–04 Chicago Bulls season

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2003–04 Chicago Bulls season
Head coach Bill Cartwright, Scott Skiles
Owner(s) Jerry Reinsdorf
Arena United Center
Results
Record 23–59 (.280)
Place Division: 8th (Central)
Conference: 14th (Eastern)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Net Chicago, WGN, WCIU
Radio WMVP
< 2002–03 2004–05 >

The 2003–04 Chicago Bulls season was the 38th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 2003 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 7 Kirk Hinrich G  United States Kansas
2 36 Mario Austin F  United States Mississippi State
2 45 Matt Bonner F  United States Florida
2 53 Tommy Smith F  United States Arizona State

Roster[edit]

2003-04 Chicago Bulls roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
PF 35 United States Baxter, Lonny (To TOR) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Maryland
PF 43 United States Blount, Corie (Waived) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Cincinnati
PG 9 United States Brunson, Rick (Waived) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Temple
C 3 United States Chandler, Tyson 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Dominguez HS (CA)
PG 1 United States Crawford, Jamal 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Michigan
C 2 United States Curry, Eddy 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 285 lb (129 kg) Thornwood HS (IL)
PF 34 United States Davis, Antonio 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Texas-El Paso
SF 20 United States Dupree, Ronald 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 209 lb (95 kg) LSU
PF 21 United States Fizer, Marcus 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 262 lb (119 kg) Iowa State
SG 13 United States Gill, Kendall 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Illinois
PG 12 United States Hinrich, Kirk 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Kansas
SF 6 United States Jefferies, Chris 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Cal State Fresno
SF 8 United States Johnson, Linton (Waived) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Tulane
SF 42 United States Marshall, Donyell (To TOR) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Connecticut
SG 31 United States Mason, Roger 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Virginia
PG 15 United States Pargo, Jannero 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Arkansas
SF 33 United States Pippen, Scottie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Central Arkansas
SF 32 United States Robinson, Eddie 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Central Oklahoma
SG 5 United States Rose, Jalen (To TOR) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Michigan
PF 45 United States Shirley, Paul 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Iowa State
PF 11 United States Williams, Jerome 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 206 lb (93 kg) Georgetown
Head coach




Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

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Regular season[edit]

Heading in to the season, Bulls fans were as optimistic as they had been in years. Before it was done, however, winds of change had blown through the Windy City leaving a roster and a coaching staff upside down.

After closing out the previous season with four solid wins in the final six games to reach the 30-victory plateau, the team was hopeful of reaching the playoffs for the first time since 1998 and new pieces were added to the team’s puzzle for that to happen.

First, Kirk Hinrich was taken with the seventh overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft to fill the void at the guard spot. This happened just days after the team learned it would be without services of Jay Williams, who was injured in a motorcycle accident in June and would miss this entire season.

Later in the summer, the Bulls brought back one of the sport’s all-time legends when free agent Scottie Pippen—a seven-time NBA All-Star, two-time Olympic gold medalist and one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history—returned to Chicago on 07/20/03.

“I think I know how to win games in the NBA. It may sound simple, but both winning and losing can become a mindset, and I won’t accept losing—ever. Whether it’s on the floor, in the huddle, at practice or just demonstrating a winning leadership, I plan on helping this team win,” said Pippen.

Just one month into the season, however, it became clear that expectations were not being met and changes were necessary. With a 4-10 record, the team relieved Bill Cartwright of his head coaching duties (11/24/03). A few days later, Scott Skiles was named head coach (11/28/03) as he set out to instill a tough, defensive-minded, and high-effort mentality upon his new team.

The Bulls makeover wasn’t done yet. A blockbuster of a deal went down on 12/01/03, when Chicago traded Lonny Baxter, Donyell Marshall and Jalen Rose to Toronto for Antonio Davis, Chris Jefferies and Jerome Williams.

“This trade helps us address a couple of different areas, areas that we needed to get stronger in. It not only provides us with size, but also with energy,” said John Paxson.

While the Bulls continued to struggle, improvements in effort under Coach Skiles were evident, and the roster re-make had only begun. The team’s 23-59 record qualified it for a sixth consecutive NBA Lottery appearance.

Other Notes: Hired Assistant Coaches Johnny Bach (07/15/03) and Ron Adams (07/16/03) … snapped a 26-game road losing streak versus Western Conference teams with a 95-79 win at Utah (02/04/04) … Hinrich dished out 506 assists and his average of 6.7 apg ranked tied for 7th in the NBA, despite the Bulls ranking last in the league in team field goal percentage (.414) … Hinrich was the only rookie in the NBA to tally a triple-double when he registered 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists against the visiting Golden State Warriors (02/28/04) … Jamal Crawford went for a career-high 50 points (18-34 FG, 8-11 FT) at Toronto (04/11).

Honors: Kirk Hinrich (freshman team) participated in the Schick Rookie Challenge at All-Star Weekend … Hinrich also was named to the got milk? NBA All-Rookie First Team … the Bulls drew an average of 19,736 fans through 41 home games (third in the NBA), including 11 sellouts … the Bulls also hosted the seven largest crowds in the NBA, including a season-high draw of 23,067 versus the L.A. Lakers at the United Center.

Standings[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Indiana Pacers 61 21 .744 34–7 27–14 20–8
x-Detroit Pistons 54 28 .659 7 31–10 23–18 17–11
x-New Orleans Hornets 41 41 .500 20 25–16 16–25 14–14
x-Milwaukee Bucks 41 41 .500 20 27–14 14–27 15–13
Cleveland Cavaliers 35 47 .427 26 23–18 12–29 14–14
Toronto Raptors 33 49 .402 28 18–23 15–26 11–17
Atlanta Hawks 28 54 .341 33 18–23 10–31 10–18
Chicago Bulls 23 59 .280 38 14–27 9–32 11–17


Player statistics[edit]

Season[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

See also[edit]