2001–02 Chicago Bulls season

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2001–02 Chicago Bulls season
Head coach Tim Floyd, Bill Cartwright
Owner(s) Jerry Reinsdorf
Arena United Center
Record 21–61 (.256)
Place Division: 8th (Central)
Conference: 15th (Eastern)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Net Chicago, WGN, WCIU
Radio WMVP
< 2000–01 2002–03 >

The 2001–02 Chicago Bulls season was the 36th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). During the offseason, the Bulls re-acquired Charles Oakley from the Toronto Raptors. The Bulls finished last place in the Central Division with a 21–61 record. Following the season, Oakley signed as a free agent with the Washington Wizards.


NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 2001 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 4 Eddy Curry C  United States Thornwood HS (South Holland, IL)
2 29 Trenton Hassell SG  United States Austin Peay
2 44 Sean Lampley SF  United States California


Chicago Bulls roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
C 44 Croatia Bagaric, Dalibor 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Croatia
G 6 United States Best, Travis 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 182 lb (83 kg) Georgia Tech
F/C 3 United States Chandler, Tyson 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Dominguez HS (CA)
G 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)
F 21 United States Fizer, Marcus 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 262 lb (119 kg) Iowa State
G 11 United States Guyton, A.J. 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Indiana
G/F 22 United States Hassell, Trenton 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Austin Peay
G 20 United States Hoiberg, Fred 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 203 lb (92 kg) Iowa State
F/C 34 United States Oakley, Charles 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Virginia Union
G 31 United States Richardson, Norm 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Hofstra
G/F 32 United States Robinson, Eddie 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Central Oklahoma
G/F 5 United States Rose, Jalen 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Michigan
Head coach

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

Regular season[edit]

In 2001-02, the make-up and direction of the Chicago Bulls changed significantly: by the season’s end, a pair of 18-year-old phenoms and an All-Star caliber player were in the line-up while Elton Brand, once thought to be the franchise’s cornerstone for rebuilding efforts, was not. The result was a renewed sense of optimism and hope surrounding the team’s future with Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry and Jalen Rose as the centers of attention.

It all began on the night of the 2001 NBA Draft, when the Bulls used their first-round pick, fourth overall, to select Thornwood High School’s Eddy Curry, a 6-11, 285-pound center. Minutes later, Chicago dealt Brand to the LA Clippers for Dominguez High School product Tyson Chandler (picked second overall) and Brian Skinner. Chicago also acquired one of the steals of the draft in Trenton Hassell out of Austin Peay in the second round.

With the addition of free agent Eddie Robinson (signed Aug. 7), the new look Bulls, a young and athletic squad, were ready to take the floor. The importance of having NBA experience was again displayed as the team struggled and finished the season 21-61. The beginning of the year was not pleasant for Chicago. The Bulls set a franchise record for worst loss with a 53-point loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Nov. 8. Head Coach Tim Floyd, who compiled a 49-190 record over four seasons with the club, resigned on Christmas Eve. Bill Berry was named interim coach and four days later, Bill Cartwright was named head coach on Dec. 28.

The team went on to suffer an 18-game road losing streak from Nov. 2 to Jan. 11and on Feb. 18, the Bulls grabbed a franchise-low 25 rebounds in Miami.

A change was needed and on February 19, it was delivered in the form of a seven-player trade. The Bulls acquired Jalen Rose, Travis Best and Norman Richardson from the Indiana Pacers for Brad Miller, Ron Artest, Ron Mercer and Kevin Ollie.

“We feel Jalen is an outstanding all-around player who can play three positions offensively and defensively,” EVP of Basketball Operations Jerry Krause explained. “He’s a very good passer, extremely unselfish, a fine scorer and in the prime of his career at age 29. His leadership qualities and versatility are an added plus.”

“I'm excited about it,” Rose said upon his arrival to Chicago. “I embrace the opportunity. Every kid dreams about standing in this position talking about having an opportunity to take a team to a championship level.”

The team went on to post their first three-game winning streak in two years from Feb. 20-23. Jamal Crawford, who tore his ACL over the summer and required surgery to repair it, returned to the active roster on March 3 after missing the first 58 games of the season. On March 11, the Bulls and Bill Cartwright mutually agreed to a three-year extension on the head coach’s contract. Other notes from the season included Marcus Fizer’s (sophomore team) participation in the Schick Rookie Challenge at All-Star Weekend and Trenton Hassell being named to the NBA’s ‘got milk?’ Rookie of the Month for February.


Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Detroit Pistons 50 32 .610 26–15 24–17 20–8
x-Charlotte Hornets 44 38 .537 6 21–20 23–18 17–11
x-Toronto Raptors 42 40 .512 8 24–17 18–23 17–11
x-Indiana Pacers 42 40 .512 8 25–16 17–24 13–15
Milwaukee Bucks 41 41 .500 9 25–16 16–25 17–11
Atlanta Hawks 33 49 .402 17 23–18 10–31 11–17
Cleveland Cavaliers 29 53 .354 21 20–21 9–32 12–16
Chicago Bulls 21 61 .256 29 14–27 7–34 5–23



February 19, 2002 To Indiana Pacers
Kevin Ollie
To Chicago Bulls
Travis Best
February 19, 2002 To Indiana Pacers
Ron Artest, Brad Miller and Ron Mercer
To Chicago Bulls
Jalen Rose, Norm Richardson, and a second round draft pick


March 1, 2002
Player Reason left New team
Greg Anthony Waived Milwaukee Bucks


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