(Senate - June 18, 1996)

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  Ms. MOSELEY-BRAUN (for herself and Mr. Simon) submitted the following 
resolution; which was considered and agreed to:

                              S. Res. 266

       Whereas the Chicago Bulls at 72-10, posted the best regular 
     season record in the history of the National Basketball 
       Whereas the Bulls roared through the playoffs, sweeping the 
     Miami Heat and defeating the New York Knicks in five games; 
     before sweeping the Orlando Magic to return to the NBA Finals 
     for the first time in two years;
       Whereas the Bulls displayed a potent offense, and what some 
     consider to be their best defense ever, throughout the 
     playoffs before beating the Seattle Supersonics to win their 
     fourth franchise NBA championship;
       Whereas head coach Phil Jackson, who won his first Coach of 
     the Year award, and the entire coaching staff skillfully led 
     the Bulls through a record 72-win season and a 15-3 playoff 
       Whereas Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman 
     all were named to the NBA's ``All-Defensive Team'', the first 
     time in 13 years that three players from the same team have 
     been so named;
       Whereas Michael Jordan, in his first full season after 
     coming out of retirement, won his record eighth scoring 
     title, his fourth Most Valuable Player award, and was again 
     named playoff most valuable player (for the fourth time);
       Whereas Scottie Pippen again exhibited his outstanding 
     offensive and defensive versatility, proving himself to be 
     one of the best all-around players in the NBA;
       Whereas the quickness, tireless defensive effort, and 
     athleticism of the colorful Dennis Rodman, who won his fifth 
     straight rebounding title, keyed a Bulls front line that led 
     the league in rebounding;
       Whereas veteran guard Ron Harper, in shutting down many of 
     the league's top point guards throughout the playoffs, 
     demonstrated the defensive skills that have made him a 
     cornerstone of the league's best defense;
       Whereas center Luc Longley frustrated many of the all-star 
     caliber centers that he faced in this year's playoffs while 
     at times providing a much needed scoring lift;
       Whereas Toni Kukoc, winner of the league's ``Sixth Man'' 
     award, displayed his awesome variety of offensive skills in 
     both assisting on, and hitting, several big shots when the 
     Bulls needed them most;
       Whereas the laser-like three-point shooting of career 
     three-point field goal percentage leader Steve Kerr sparked 
     many a Bulls rally;
       Whereas the outstanding shooting of Jud Buechler and Bill 
     Wennington, and the tenacious defense of Randy Brown, each of 
     whom came off the bench to provide valuable contributions, 
     were an important part of each Bulls victory;
       Whereas John Salley and James Edwards provided valuable 
     contributions throughout the season and the playoffs, both on 
     and off the court, at times giving the Bulls the emotional 
     lift they needed; and
       Whereas the regular season contributions of second year 
     forward Dickey Simpkins and rookie forward Jason Caffey, and 
     the constant emotional lift provided by the injured Jack 
     Haley, both on the court and in practice, again demonstrated 
     the total devotion of Bulls personnel to the team concept 
     that has made the Bulls into one of the most devastating 
     basketball forces of modern times: Now, therefore, be it
       Resolved, That the Senate congratulates the Chicago Bulls 
     on winning the 1996 National Basketball Association