1984/85: REGULAR SEASON
TO ALL-STAR BREAK
The Bulls started on an absolute tear; winning the first 9 games on the bounce before losing in overtime at the Nets. Jordan
was lighting the court up, taking two Player of the Week awards and both the Rookie and Player of the Month for November.
We also secured our first trade on November 10th; sending PF Sidney Green to the Cavaliers along with our 1st round pick for 1986 to get starting PG John Bagley
We continued into December on a hot streak but injuries were about to hit us hard. We lost Woolridge
to a sprained knee for 7 days after beating the Pistons; Dailey
strained his back against the Cavaliers and was out for 17 days; Woolridge
came back and broke his finger against the Nuggets - out for another 12 days; before Matthews
pulled his groin against the Hawks to miss 9 days.
After that chaos, here are our stats at the turn of the year:
Despite the injuries we were still comfortably leading the division.
January saw us suffer more injuries and make a couple of big trades - but we could never find a rythm.
First injury of the month was Dailey
for 19 days thanks to a broken jaw at the Pistons; this was followed by the loss of Higgins
with plantar fasciitis for 59 days; and then a huge loss of Jordan
with a broken ankle against the Bullets for 49 days forcing him to miss the All-Star game; finally Dailey
returned and was out again with patellar tendanitis against the Clippers missing another 33 days.
Our first trade on January 8th was a view to the future; sending both David Greenwood and Wes Matthews to the Los Angeles Clippers along with our 1st round pick for 1985 in order to gain their 1st round pick for 1985 (potentially the #1 pick). We then traded out of neccessity due to injuries - sending Caldwell Jones and our 2nd pick for 1986 to the Knicks in return for Rory Sparrow
The majority of Sparrow's stats here are from the Knicks obviously.
Still comfortably at the top of the division and the conference despite missing Jordan.
In other news, Orlando Woolridge
became my first All-Star - playing a whole 1 minute for the East.
Bring on the final run to the Playoffs.