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What happened after 'The Last Dance'? A look back at the 1999 Bulls without Jordan, Pippen and Jackson.

Jamal Collier, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Basketball

1997-98: Played six games.

1998-99: Role player who played 39 games.

The Bulls drafted Booth in the first round in 1997, but his NBA career spanned just two seasons, getting opposite ends of the experience. He barely saw the floor in his first season but averaged 3.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in '99.

Rusty LaRue

1997-98: Played 14 games.

1998-99: Played 43 games.

Rusty LaRue was undrafted but earned a spot on the Bulls in limited playing time in 1997-98 and saw his playing time increase the next season. He played about 17 minutes per game and hit 33.7% of his 3-pointers off the bench.

The newcomers

Coach Tim Floyd

1997-98: Iowa State head coach.

1998-99: Bulls head coach.

General manager Jerry Krause made it very clear that coach Phil Jackson was not going to return, and many believed Tim Floyd had been handpicked as the successor. Floyd was a fairly successful college coach, but his success did not translate to the NBA. He went 49-190 (.205) in his four seasons with the Bulls.

Brent Barry

1997-98: Averaged 10.9 points and shot 39.3% on 3-pointers for the Clippers and Heat.

1998-99: Signed a six-year, $27 million contract.

Brent Barry was the Bulls' biggest offseason addition and became the team's third-leading scorer with 11.1 points per game. But he suffered an injury early in the season that limited him to 37 games (30 starts) while he shot 30.2% from beyond the arc, the worst mark of his career. He lasted only one season in Chicago and was traded to the SuperSonics.

Mark Bryant

 

1997-98: Played 70 games at center for the Suns.

1998-99: Played 45 games at power forward.

The Bulls shipped Luc Longley to the Suns for a 1999 first-round pick, Martin Muursepp, Bubba Wells and Mark Bryant before the season. Bryant began the year in the starting lineup and averaged 9.0 points and 5.2 rebounds in about 27 minutes. He lasted just one year with the Bulls.

Kornel David

1997-98: Played for the Rockford Lightning in the Continental Basketball Association and Alba Fehervar in Hungary.

1998-99: Signed as a free agent.

Before his left his home country, David was advertised as "the Michael Jordan of Hungary." Once he got on the court, it was clear the comparison was a bit overzealous. David, the first Hungarian to play in the NBA, was in Bulls training camp in 1997 before a stint with Rockford in the CBA and returning to Hungary and helping his national team end a 30-year drought to qualify for the European championship. He appeared in all 50 games for the Bulls in '99, playing 18 minutes per game while averaging 6.2 points.

Corey Benjamin

1997-98: In college at Oregon State.

1998-99: Taken with the No. 28 pick in the draft.

Corey Benjamin appeared in 38 games as a reserve for the Bulls, but he is best known for claiming he could beat Michael Jordan one-on-one. The boast prompted Jordan, retired and still dealing with a finger injury via cigar cutter, to show up to practice to accept Benjamin's challenge -- and promptly demolish him.

Also on the 1998-99 Bulls roster: Mario Bennett (3 games), Cory Carr (42 games), Charles Jones (29 games) and Andrew Lang (21 games).

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