Ben Ripstein has spent eight years as president of Midwest Motors, Inc., where he manages all business activities, from the acquisition of automobiles to strategic engagements with the sales department. When he is away from work, Ben Ripstein enjoys following Chicago professional sports teams such as the Bulls.
Over the course of the 1996 National Basketball Association (NBA) Playoffs, the Chicago Bulls completed one of the most dominant post-season runs the league has ever seen. Led by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and key role players such as Steve Kerr and Toni Kukoc, the Bulls finished the regular season with a 72-10 record, the best NBA regular season record until 2016.
The Bulls opened their post-season campaign against the Miami Heat. Chicago swept Miami in three games, winning by an average of 23 points. The Bulls’ playoff win streak extended to five games in the second round, when Chicago faced off against the fifth-seeded New York Knicks. New York managed a three-point victory in Game 3 and narrowly lost Game 4 by the same margin before being eliminated in five games.
In the 1996 Eastern Conference Finals, the Bulls swept Shaquille O’Neal and the Orlando Magic in four games, including a 121-83 blowout in Game 1. Upon advancing to a third consecutive NBA Finals, the Bulls stretched their win streak to nine games over the Seattle Supersonics, establishing an insurmountable 3-0 lead before dropping Game 4 and Game 5. Returning to Chicago for Game 6, the Bulls closed out the series with an 87-75 win, bringing an end to what is considered to be the greatest single season in NBA history. In total, Chicago lost just 13 games over the course of the regular season and playoffs.